Can I Fly With a Cold


It is not recommended to travel, especially to fly, when dealing with a cold or flu. Travelling continues to add stress to your body and makes it difficult for your body to fight the illness. Flying with cold or flu can even be worse, since congestion can hurt or injure your eardrums as a result of pressure changes during takeoff and landing. Unfortunately for some of us this is not an option and travel, even when sick, must happen.

Consider the doing the following before and while you fly/travel:

Decongestant. Use a decongestant and carry a nasal spray with you to use just before takeoff and landing. Chewing gum and swallowing frequently can also help relieve pressure.

Blow Your Nose Often. It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can cause an earache. The best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.

Sleep/Rest. Sleeping or resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by getting as much rest or sleep when you travel.

Gargle Several Times a Day. Gargling can moisten sore throats and bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times daily.

Drink Plenty of Liquids. Liquids helps prevent dehydration and helps the body flush out impurities. Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.

Remember, serious conditions can masquerade as the common cold and a mild infection can evolve into something more serious. If you have severe symptoms or are feeling sicker with each passing day, see a doctor.

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