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Where's the tiger?: Our bodies are built well to deal with acute stress & fright, but chronic "flight or fright" wears us out on all levels. You're responding as if you're in ongoing danger, and even the way you write your question (substituting the term "fright" for "fight") tells something. Since I have little other info about you, I suggest you work with a therapist to assess what's needed, and help deal with it. ...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
Relaxation...: Try to relax about your first flight, traveling can be enjoyable. Bring things to do to pass the time - read a book, do a crossword puzzle, watch a movie, etc. Comfortable clothes will help. Consider bringing a pillow and ear plugs for a nap. Often planes can be chilly - bring a sweater. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and healthy snacks. Have fun. ...Read more
Should be fine.: The main risk would be from the potential exposure to viruses and germs from other passengers. At 6 weeks, the baby's immune system isn't fully developed and we take things like colds and fevers very seriously. Don't give your baby any medicines to make it sleepy. Pack lots of milk/formula. And purell/wash your hands very frequently! Good luck! ...Read more
Despite being on good meds for G A D, I suffer the feel or flight syndrome. What could cause this. Thanks?
I'm a flight attanded! I heared that after each flight we shouldn't take shower for 6 hours couse its not good for the body. Is that true? Thankyou
Probably not true: Taking several showers a day is not harmful unless there are some extenuating circumstances you are not mentioning in this forum. ...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