CHECK YOUR ALLERGIES AT THE GATE.
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.
NOW BOARDING, ALLERGENS
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 a 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 a 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. When used as directed, offer 2-in-1 relief. You get the nasal symptom relief provided by some allergy medications, plus the benefits of a decongestant. With the right preparation, your in-flight experience can be allergy-free and clear for landing before you leave the ground. So, to help keep the friendly skies friendly, be sure to use your favorite FLONASE® allergy relief nasal spray the morning of your flight. It’s the perfect travel companion, it can help give you peace of mind, and the best part of all is it flies for free.
- Erickson, J. (2014, December 10). Sharing that crowded holiday flight with countless hitchhiking dust mites. https://news.umich.edu/new/releases/22564-sharing-that-crowded-holiday-flight-with-countless-hitchhiking-dust-mites. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- Mohler, M.D., S. (2001). Allergy Symptoms May Interfere with Pilot Performance. Human Factors and Aviation Medicine, 48(5). https://flightsafety.org/hf/hf_sept-oct01.pdf. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- International travel and health: Cabin humidity and dehydration. (n.d.). https://www.who.int/ith/mode_of_travel/chad/en/. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
- Rhinitis (Hay Fever): Tips to Remember. (n.d.). https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/rhinitis.aspx. Retrieved September 17, 2017.