How can I improve plane travel?
Most people have no problems when flying, but it may make air travel safer and more comfortable. Here are some tips:

  • Carry enough of all the medicines you take in your hand luggage. Ask your doctor if you should change your dosages if your eating and sleeping times will change when you reach your destination. Bring enough medicine to last throughout the trip. Take extra medicine in case your return is delayed.
  • If you have diabetes or epilepsy, carry a notification and identification card as the “Diabetes Alert Card” (On Diabetes Alert Card) from the American Diabetes Association (American Diabetes Association), call or write 800-DIABETES American Diabetes Association, 1660 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Have the name and telephone number of your doctor with you in case of an emergency. Remember to bring the names and dosages of all your medications.
  • The air in airplanes is dry, so drink nonalcoholic, decaffeinated beverages and water to avoid dehydration.

What can I do about jet lag (upset because of jet lag)?

  • Get enough sleep before you leave.
  • Do not drink too much alcohol.
  • Eat well-balanced meals.
  • Avoid overeating.
  • Exercise as much as possible during your trip.
  • Use sleep medicines for only a few days.
  • Adapt to new schedule following the local times for meals and bedtime.

Melatonin may help with jet lag, but nobody knows how long it can be used safely. Tell your doctor if you plan to take melatonin or other herbal or alternative medicine.

What about the pain in my ears?
If your ears hurt when you fly, try taking a decongestant medicine such as pseudoephedrine before boarding the plane. You can also swallow often and chew gum during the trip. Babies can suck on bottles or a pacifiers during the flight.

What else should I do?
Even at healthy people can get blood clots in the legs after long flights. Try walking from time to time during the flight, unless the crew tells you not to. In addition, helps to drink water, stretch your calf muscles while sitting and wear support stockings.
If your doctor wants you to take oxygen when you travel, remember to tell the airline well in advance of your trip. Probably the airline will provide oxygen for you for this service. Federal air regulations in the USA do not allow you to carry your own oxygen on an airplane. You have to make arrangements ahead of time for oxygen at your destination and also for layovers between flights. You can also arrange for special meals or wheelchair in advance if needed.
It is dangerous to fly immediately after scuba diving. Need to wait 12 to 14 hours after diving. Ask your doctor or diving authorities for guidelines on flying after diving.

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