I see you have a doctor who knows about medicine and flying and how they interact and there's a question I just have to ask. Seems like every time I go on a cross-country plane ride I get sick. A cold or a sinus deal. Then I see this stuff called 'airborne', sold in stores.... It's some kind of herbal remedy invented by a teacher (?) who was tired of getting sick on airplane flights. Anyway, why do people tend to get sick when they fly and does this 'airborne' stuff have anything to recommend it?
How old are you?: 40
How long has this been going on?: More than a year
Check all symptoms you are currently experiencing:
Ear/ Nose / Throat
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Just seems to take a few days to recover from an Jet flight.
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!):
no major issues
Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: No
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: No
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Weekly
1. Is there something to the statement that it's easy to catch a bug or virus on a plane?
2. Why do I always feel bad after a flight?
3. Is there anything to do to remedy this, specifically, does that 'Airborne' stuff really work?
Dear air traveller:
There have been some studies that have shown a slight increase in sinus and cold symptoms during airplane trips, but this would probably be the same if you were confined in a crowded room anywhere.
As Doc 1 mentioned most planes are pressured to an altitude around 8000 ft which most people can tolerate, although some individuals can have altitude sickness symptoms of fatigue, nausea, headache, and shortness of breath as low as 5000 ft. altitude
I totally agree with Doc 1 that there have been no studies to inddicate the Airborne medication prevents any colds, sinusitis, or bacterial infections, and they have had to settle 2 or 3 lawsuits for false advertising.
However, I have been taking both vit. C (2000mg.) and Vit. E (400-800 i.u.) daily and haven't had a cold or sinusitis in over 10 years. The usual Airborne dose has 1000 mg of vit. C so it would probably be safest to take around 3 doses a day (rather than every 3 hrs) to avoid any possible kidney irritations.
Some people swear by the Airborne so it would probably be worth a try, but there are certainly no guarantees' I also have had a number of patients who have had good luck taking Sinutabs before a flight to keep the sinuses clear
Good Luck! Keep us posted.