Be greater than your allergies
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CHECK YOUR ALLERGIES AT THE GATE
TIPS FOR FLYING WITH ALLERGIES.
From hitchhiking allergens to less than ideal air quality, flying with allergies can prove problematic for many allergy sufferers. Here’s a look at what’s making your in-flight experience so uncomfortable and what you can do to make it better.
ALLERGENS, ALL ABOARD!
According to one study, each time you board an airplane you’re sharing cabin space with countless microscopic dust mites. House dust mites can enter the cabin via passenger's clothes, skin, food and baggage.1
Like humans, dust mites travel on planes to foreign destinations, where they form new populations and integrate with local species (like American and European dust mite species). Other allergens, like pollen, can enter the cabin by clinging to passenger’s hair and clothing.1
Dust mites and pollen aren’t the only things to worry about when traveling—the in-flight environment can also present a challenge for many allergy sufferers. Changes in cabin pressure during takeoff and landing can inflame your respiratory passages, causing pain and discomfort.2
Airplane air also tends to be dry, with less than 20 percent humidity (compared to humidity in the home, which is typically over 30 percent).3 Not only can this make you feel dehydrated but it can also cause discomfort to the eyes, mouth and nose and aggravate allergy symptoms.4
HOW TO FLY WITH ALLERGIES
Flying with allergies doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. For starters, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
With FLONASE® Allergy Relief, when used as directed, you get 2-in-1 relief when flying with allergies: you get the nasal symptom relief provided by some allergy medications plus the benefits of a decongestant. With the right preparation, flying doesn’t have to be uncomfortable so be sure to think ahead and plan accordingly.
1. Erickson, J. (2014, December 10). Sharing that crowded holiday flight with countless hitchhiking dust mites. Retrieved May 19, 2015. http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/22564-sharing-that-crowded-holiday-flight-with-countless-hitchhiking-dust-mites
2. Mohler, M.D., S. (2001). Allergy Symptoms May Interfere with Pilot Performance. Human Factors and Aviation Medicine, 48(5). Retrieved June 4, 2015, from http://flightsafety.org/hf/hf_sept-oct01.pdf
3. International travel and health: Cabin humidity and dehydration. (n.d.). Retrieved May 19, 2015. http://www.who.int/ith/mode_of_travel/chad/en/
4. Rhinitis (Hay Fever): Tips to Remember. (n.d.). Retrieved May 19, 2015. http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/rhinitis.aspx