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Is it safe to fly if my child has a cold?

Is it safe to fly if my child has a cold?

Probably: As long as your child doesn't complain of ear pain or have a significant fever it will probably be ok. If your child has a predisposition to ear infections or flud in his/her ears then i would recommend you have the ears evaluated by your pediatrician or ENT prior to flying. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Is it safe to fly if my child has an ear infection?

Yes: It is safe, but may be uncomfortable for your child to fly with an ear infection. You may want to give pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen prior to take off. A dose of a decongestant nose spray may also help; as always check with your doctor before giving any medication. If possible, changing your itinerary will allow your child's ear to heal before travel. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly when suffering from clogged ears caused by a cold?

Is it safe to fly when suffering from clogged ears caused by a cold?

Safe, but painful..: I wouldn't necessarily cancel a flight if you have a cold, but because of the pressure change, you might have some pain in the ear. I recommend to my patients taking some sudafed and Ibuprofen about an hour before the flight, and if it's a long flight, also about an hour before landing. If the pain gets really bad, have a doc check it out after a day or two. Happy flying! ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if you have a seizure disorder.

Is it safe to fly if you have a seizure disorder.

Yes if under control: If your seizures are under control, you should be able to fly. Bring you medication with you. If your seizures are not under control, remember airlines do not carry any medications to treat a seizure on the plane. First aide will likely be available, but medication to stop the seizure will not be available. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem?

Flight: It is not unsafe to fly, but the changes in pressures during a flight may exacerbate your underlying problem -- check with your doctor before your flight. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem that sometimes can cause dizziness?

Is it safe to fly if I have an inner ear problem that sometimes can cause dizziness?

Yes: Usual commercial aircraft have cabin pressures that are the same as on the ground. During takeoff and landing these pressures may change, but you can use decongestants, nose sprays, and clearing methods to keep the pressures stable. Yawning helps to open the inner ear, and chewing gum may also help. As your doctor for medication to take just before takeoff and landing to help. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if diagnosed with low lying placenta if one has had cramping and mild spotting in second trimester (15 weeks)?

Is it safe to fly if diagnosed with low lying placenta if one has had cramping and mild spotting in second trimester (15 weeks)?

It is safe: To fly up until 35 completed weeks. I'm not sure if it's wise unless u talk to your doc. What if you start bleeding badly on the plane or out of town? Guage it with your doc but there is nothing about flying that will make it worse. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly if you're recovering from a talus fracture?

Is it safe to fly if you're recovering from a talus fracture?

Generally yes but...: Flying after a talus fracture presents a couple of problems. The decreased atmospheric pressure in the cabin relative ground-level pressure will cause your ankle to swell. This can exacerbate pain and/or lead to wound problems. The second issue is blood clot formation. These are more likely in airline travelers. I would speak to your orthopedic surgeon to address these issues. ...Read more