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My dad worked on the AWACS E3, In the radar. Would there be any radiation transferred to his clothes?
NO: Radiation would not be transferred to his clothing ...Read more
More info needed: More information please. What is the basis for the anxiety? Fear of flying? Fear that you will miss your flight? Fear of meeting someone at your destination? There are a number of good websites that can be helpful. For example: http://www. Anxietyandstress. Com/fearofflying. Html I love this one: the risk of dying in a plane crash = risk of dying by taking a bath. ...Read more
Some: If you have a cold and your sinus have much congestion, you will notice more pressure on your sinuses and ears plugging when you take of and hopefully when you land safely. But this is only due to the pressurization in the plane and will only be for a minute. Have a good trip. ...Read more
MostNotHarmful But: Most spiders are not harmful. The venom from the bite may produce mild local reaction which will go away in few days. Only if you are bitten by a brown recluse spider, it can be dangerous with severe Symptoms include burning, itchingswelling around the area of the bite. When biten by poisonous spiders, it can cause upset stomach, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, joint pain, extreme pain at bite site, sores ...Read more
Good defense: Anxiety is a process involving thoughts of uncontrollability and unpredictability of future events & physiological arousal in preparation for future threat. Anxiety is helpful when at optimal levels. "fight or flight, " is related to fear, the clinical manifestation of panic. By definition, we may do superhuman things when our defenses arise in certain situations; but not on a daily basis. ...Read more
Maybe not: Possibly not. If you are claustrophobic - tiny space may cause discomfort. If the tiny bathrooms are left dirty - that could cause concern. If you have a specific fear that doesn't seem to be reality based, you could consider cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more
Hyperarousal: The idea of a tube down your throat is unlikely on anyone's list of favorite things. Some people have a strong gag reflex, some have a sensation that they can't breathe (though the tube goes down the way food goes down and has no bearing on breathing). to make it less stressful, conscious sedation is typically used. ...Read more
Possibly: Extreme fight or flight response equals extreme reaction to stress, which triggers the release of a harmful cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones, like cortisol, affecting negatively all body functions & organs, especially the brain. Acute stress disorder and post traumatic stress disorder are well established mental impairments directly related to exposure to high stress situation. ...Read more
Jet lag: Drinking a lot of water can help as dehydration actually makes it more difficult for the body temperature adjust to the new time zone. avoidance of caffeine and alcohol on the trip will help prevent dehydration. caffeine can be used to promote daytime alertness when dealing with the decreased alertness after arrival. exposure to the local sun light will tend to resynchronize the circadian rhythm. ...Read more
Pushing the envelope: Nulliparous females go 49 weeks or longer. Women with several pregnancies usually are less. I think is a less than ideal situation! Since you are traveling so far, where will you be. Medical care? Insurance? How long a stay? And the flight back? You should have answers before going! ...Read more
Fly when less people:
Make sure your child is healthy prior to the flight.
Consider flights that are in the middle of the week or off season when planes are less crowded.
Consider giving vitamin c if not already taking multivitamins.
Flying does not equate with becoming ill, but for some kids ear pain can be a problem. Chat with your child´s doc for the possibility of getting a script for ear pain drops. ...Read more
Unlikely: It's good you've read up on the fight-and-flight automonic responses. While this cannot physically damage bone or overlying soft tissue, sustained anxiety might conceivably cause extra secretion of fluid and/or plugging of the sinus outlet by swollen mucosa. If you are in a long-term difficult situation or want new coping skills, perhaps your physician can help you find a way out. Good luck. ...Read more
Ebola Virus: Not sure when you wrote in with this question. At one point - some European Airlines temporarily stopped flights to specific West African countries. In addition, there were a series of screens for people flying out of those countries. At this point there is better control and I don't know of any flight restrictions. Take care. ...Read more
Should do well: Direct flights are the best & avoid repeated descent phase that causes ear pressure problems & crying. If you can, buy a seat for baby & travel with the 5 point restraint passenger safety seat. These are approved for airline use & you will need one at your destination. Keep a pacifier handy as you will need it. ...Read more
Depends: This greatly depends on the extent of the damage done to your heart muscle during the heart attack. If the damage was minimal, the period would be short. If the damage was extensive it could be much longer. Each situation is very individual and should be discussed with your cardiologist. ...Read more
As long as you're not flying, then no, it's not bad in any way.
If you are flying, well that would change things and could very well upset your flight attendant. ...Read more
Truth: This is easy, you tell them the truth; dad can't make such a long trip because he will get sick. Explain it's only dad's problem, and a brief explanation why, then answer questions honestly and simply. This doesn't mean your child can't dream of asia though. My kids want to go to south america, and I have no intention of going soon either. ...Read more
Serenity: Take a deep breath, breathe out slowly, and put it all in perspective. Things could be much, much worse. And now you have time to actually eat something prior to boarding! ...Read more
Healthy: It's most important to eat a healthy variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. Be sure to drink plenty of water, use bottled when traveling. Also be sure to get up and move around every 20-30 min while flying to prevent swelling and blood clots. Good luck! ...Read more
Likely OK: For non high risk pregnancies it is safe to travel in the first and second trimesters. Have your first prenatal exam before traveling. ...Read more
If I need to travel, should I warn the flight crew or is the risk of flying after 28 weeks far too great?
OK to fly to 36 wks: Flying per-se is not harmful to mother or baby. For those experiencing a healthy pregnancy domestic travel up to 36 weeks, and international travel up to 33 weeks is ok. The restrictions avoid unplanned delivery aboard an airplane. Check with your airline and your doctor before traveling. Don't forget to ask for a pat-down/wand instead of the scanner at security to avoid unnecessary radiation. ...Read more
I have an autistic son who has challenging behaviour, can you recommend something to calm for the flight?
Depends on age: Depending on the age of your son and the level of functioning the response may be completely different. Younger children may do well with a hug and some deep pressure to relax them and older children may do better if left alone or moved to another area that is safe to let them settle down on their own. A behavioral therapist can help you develop a response that works the best for you and your son. ...Read more
Can you tell me how I could counterbalance the effects of being in almost constant flight ot fight response?
Relaxation technique: The fight or flight response is a sympathetic/adrenaline state. The way to counteract that is to work on whatever relaxation techniques work for you like exercise/meditation/prayer/breathing techniques. It takes work and it is always useful to get help from others who can guide you. Also remember that one of the most important things you can do is ensure that you get 7-8 hours of quality sleep. ...Read more
Is there a safe way to take a 22hr flight to asia? Are coach seats and legroom less spacious than us carriers?
Yes there is: If you healthy should be fine but inconvenient, the most important thing in flights that duration possibility of vein thrombosis so get up frequently and move around, exercise your calf muscles while sitting down, ask your doctor about one Heparin shot you could get during fling. Good trip thanks. ...Read more
I heard singapore has 6star amenities for medical tourists. But I'm worried about the flight back if I go for surgery. Risks?
6 star?: Not a good idea. That's also one of the longest flights u can take. ...Read more
Took at least one 8+ hour flight per year in the past. Then 911, dollar decline, etc. At 60 are there new risks from plane travel?
Is it unlikely (what percent?) that an agoraphobic will ever be "completely" normal again, i.e. have zero problems in crowds, taking flights, etc?
Normal?: Clinicians look at function and comfort level when determining treatment plan or the need to treat. If these are essential good in your life than you are as "normal" as can be. One size does not fit all. If not, a clinical psychologist can help maximize your function and comfort levels. Clinical hypnosis is one useful modality. See www. Asch. Net for licensed referrals. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Wife 3.5 months prgnt and we r trvl to a diff country. It's a well planned trip but involves trvl in bus, train n flight. Is it ok to trvl. 3 ppl trvlg?
Yes, definitely: The biggest worry with travel and pregnancy is that a woman is at slightly increased risk of blood clot. Ways to prevent that are: 1) drink a lot of water; 2) ambulate frequently if she can. Get up, walk around. There are also leg exercises she can do to help move the blood that might pool in her legs back to her heart. She can do these while sitting. I also recommend compression stockings. ...Read more
I was wondering if it was okay that I took 5/10 mg of Valium because of my morning flight tomorrow, a couple of hours before I start my 400 mg/7 days moxifloxicin cure?
Maybe (not). . .: Best person to answer your question is doc who prescribed Valium & Moxifloxacin to you or pharmacist who dispensed them to you. While I didn't find any interactions btwn these 2 drugs (http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1659-0, 862-441), Valium is a mind/mood altering drug w/long half-life which means it could still be in your system long after your flight. So please ask YOUR doc ...Read more
Please elaborate on what is considered shortness ofbreath? E.g if I walk for 20minutes and then climb 5 flights of stairs is it "ok" to feel breathless
Depends: On your baseline fitness level. If this is unusual activity for you, then it is perfectly natural to feel breathless after this much activity. On the other hand, if you do this every day, and now all of a sudden you are starting to have trouble breathing, it could indicate an issue. In that case, see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Are you asking: About air flight safety? If yes, that is something that I don't know the answer to and something which wouldn't really fall under the purview of medicine. ...Read more
Depends on your goal: As long as you are not the pilot, you should rest. Sleep masks, ear plugs & neck pillows can help with this. If you are time-shifting to adjust to a new time zone, either expose yourself to daylight & stay awake, or wear sunglasses or mask & sleep depending on the direction of travel. Some use melatonin but there is little evidence. Avoid alcohol. For long flights, make sure you stretch your legs. ...Read more
Dizziness: Hello, the best treatment to help you feel better would be to get Antivert or Meclizine otc. Talk to your pharmacist about dosing. This medication may make you sleepy which may be a good thing. Rest. If you have a return flight, use afrin (oxymetazoline) as directed for two days before and the day of your flight. Ear planes will also help to equalize your middle ear pressure. ...Read more