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Doctor insights on: Shingles And Flying On Airplane

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Can I fly if I have shingles?

Can I fly if I have shingles?

No: No, you should not fly. You are contagious, you can give chicken pox to non immune people (children and adults). Also restrain from visiting friends and family unless they have had chicken pox in the past. You are contagious until all lessons have dried and formed scab,

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I heard that flying on an airplane exposes you to lots of radiation. True or false, and if true then why?

I heard that flying on an airplane exposes you to lots of radiation. True or false, and if true then why?

Bottom line: I would not be concerned unless you fly extremely often and at higher altitudes. The higher the altitude, the less the atmosphere absorbs radiation but it takes over 150 hours of flight to achieve any significant levels of exposure.

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Would flying in an airplane cause a retinal tear or detachment?

Would flying in an airplane cause a retinal tear or detachment?

Very low likelihood: Flying or altitude do not cause retinal tears of detachments. After retinal detachment surgery, patients with gas in the eye must not fly.

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So if I am scared of flying in airplanes and going on a business trip, how do I cope?

So if I am scared of flying in airplanes and going on a business trip, how do I cope?

Lots of ways: Practice of breathing exercises helps a lot to modulate anxiety -- so does meditation. Some people use low-dose anti-anxiety medicines like Ativan (lorazepam) for the flight itself. Some airports offer free courses that teach relaxation methods and coach you for the most relaxing flight. Also, there's an online soar course also that teaches you about coping with flying: http://www. Fearofflying. Com/.

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Is it safe for a newborn baby to fly on an airplane?

Is it safe for a newborn baby to fly on an airplane?

Children's health: Yes. Of course. You may want to have something for them to suck on when taking off and landing to help with their ear pressure/pain.

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Can you fly in an airplane if you have benign positional vertigo?

Can you fly in an airplane if you have benign positional vertigo?

Not really: If you have diagnosis of benign positional vertigo then it should not be an issue. Your vertigo is only happens with changing position.

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My grandson has a cholesteatoma but has not yet had surgery. He is scheduled to fly on an airplane before the surgery, is this advisable?

My grandson has a cholesteatoma but has not yet had surgery. He is scheduled to fly on an airplane before the surgery, is this advisable?

Should be fine: The defect is attached to the inside of the ear drum and should not interfere with the normal functioning of the ear or eustachian tube during a flight.

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Is it okay for people with sickle cell to fly on the airplane?

Is it okay for people with sickle cell to fly on the airplane?

Flying w sickle cell: Yes it is. Like anyone else on the plane, if you're flying for long time, make sure you get up and move around. For long trips, there is a risk of deep vein thrombosis so the airline actually recommends you move your ankles in clockwise and then counterclockwise fashion. Like wax-on, wax-off for your feet. That was a karate kid reference if you're a young person and never saw the classic film.

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Is it ok to fly in a pressurized airplane cabin (3, 000 psi), 5 days after a level I - II spleen injury?

Is it ok to fly in a pressurized airplane cabin (3, 000 psi), 5 days after a level I - II spleen injury?

Check with your doc: Your ability to safely fly depends on more than just the injury diagnosis. You should check with your doctor who knows all about the details of your hospitalization and current condition.

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Today I got my period and tomorrow im flying on an airplane for 12 hours. How will flying affect my period?

Today I got my period and tomorrow im flying on an airplane for 12 hours. How will flying affect my period?

No rule of thumb: Unfortunately, there is no rule of thumb, how long distance flights with changing time zones will affect a woman's menstrual cycle.There may be no effect at all, or there may be irregular bleeding with an on again/off again pattern that will stabilize, once the body has adjusted to the new time zone. It takes the body about 1 day to adjust for 1 hr time difference.

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What can I ask my doctor for in order to not feel a airplane take off or when it lands? I hate flying. Any meds for it?

What can I ask my doctor for in order to not feel a airplane take off or when it lands? I hate flying. Any meds for it?

Depends: If you are talking about motion sickness, Meclizine can be given for that, or you can be prescribed a scopolamine patch to wear. If you are talking anxiety, there are some options for that too. See your doctor, so he or she can figure out the nature of the problem and give you the correct treatment. Hope this helps!

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I have symptomatic WPW syndrome (episode SVT about once a year), I take medications all the time, can I fly commercial airplane (3 hours)?

I have symptomatic WPW syndrome (episode SVT about once a year), I take medications all the time, can I fly commercial airplane (3 hours)?

Fly it yourself: Or fly on one? Would recommend consultation for possible ablation. Flying shouldn't be a problem...You would be excluded from an active pilots license.

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Can an elderly person with fractured ribs fly in an airplane?

Can an elderly person with fractured ribs fly in an airplane?

Potentially: There is a theoretical concern about any associated pneumothorax and rib fractures and any potential changes in cabin pressure, also pain would have to be under good control. So if she was comfortable, had happened over a couple of weeks ago, and had an X-ray showing no pneumothorax, it would be reasonably safe. Particularly with planes now in which cabin pressure is so well maintained.

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What can be done for plugged ears aftter you fly on a airplane?

What can be done for plugged ears aftter you fly on a airplane?

See below: After the flight, if still plugged, you can see yor physician to see if you have a cerumen (wax) impaction, otherwise, time is the only cure if there is fluid behind the ear (other than perforation to release the fluid (myringotomy) which is rarely done today.

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