For many of us who love travelling, travelling by plane is a necessity in order for us to see the world. Whilst the airport experience is stressful enough for even the most experienced traveller, the plane comes with its own downsides such as swollen ankles, dehydration, headaches and the worst culprit of all, exploding ear drum pain which on its own can be painful enough to make you wish you had stayed at home (Believe us, we've been there!).
The reason that we experience these aches and pains is simple. The majority of aircrafts fly at 35,000 feet where the air is thin and smooth for flying, but less accommodating for our bodies. As a result, the inside of the cabin is pressurised to resemble how the air would be if travelling at 7,000 feet.
Although unfortunately, this artificially created atmosphere can cause your levels of oxygen to plummet, causing fatigue and brain fog combined with headaches and feeling dizzy. This can be particularly troublesome for those who have medical conditions such as asthma or heart problems; but even the most healthy traveller can still feel the ill-effects of air travel after a couple of hours.
So how do you keep yourself healthy and avoid the risks of feeling ill? It's not a good way to start your holiday so our tips below will hopefully help you to minimise the effects of feeling ill whilst flying.
Before your flight:
Throughout your flight:
Before you land:
Ever gotten earache before landing? Yep, we have too and for us, it's one of the worst things about flying by air. The reason that this happens is due to a change in pressure inside the cabin as you descend from roughly 7,000 feet to zero in 20-30 minutes. While this is happening, inside your ears are Eustachian tubes which open and close in order to balance and attempt to match the pressure levels inside your ears to that outside of them.
If you are travelling whilst with a cold or having recently been ill, the effects of this scenario may be more painful than usual as the tubes are not able to open or close as easily, resulting in your eardrum swelling and creating an inwards bulge. It's important to take preventive measures against this happening as your eardrum could burst completely and that's definitely not a pleasant way to start your holiday!
You can help to prevent this by...
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