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1. Posted by Harry88 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi folks, Harry here with a question- what do you take on planes to "protect" yourselves from those nasty sicknesses and such? I seem to get a cold every time I fly! I always take my Quease-ease for my motion sickness and headaches, but I need something to keep those sniffles at bay. I have heard of Airborne- does that work? Curious to see if anyone has an effective treatment!

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I have a sure fire way that always works for me, but it's not neccessarily the most practical. Don't fly...

(with luck, somebody will be able to give you a more useful answer!)

3. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

Well, you could try taking zinc, echinaccea (sp?) or vitamin C. Not sure how well they actually work though.

I see you're in the UK but in Canada we have this product called Cold-FX that people swear by. Not sure how well that works either, but it's still very popular after several years. I used to work in a pharmacy, fad products that with no actual benefits tend to lose popularity after a few months and then we can't get rid of them. That Cold-FX seems to still consistently sell out tells me that many people believe it works.

4. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 9y

ah. thats pretty nasty - to get sick when flying. it totally sucked when i had fever on the day i flew off.

hmmm, i dont know of anything that can help you to keep sicknesses at bay. it couldnt be so coincidental that everytime you fly, you get sick could it? maybe its due to your eating habits.

try eating more fruits and veggies before your next trip! so yeah. but if you really do get a cold, remember to blow your ears before you get up the plane otherwise your ears will get crazy.

take care. :)

5. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Hi guys!

I dont know much about anything in life really, but if there is something I've got plenty of experience with is health problems on board an aeroplane (as an air hostess i can talk for passengers and my own!)

The answer is: No real remedy! The aircraft environment is shit (excuse my language) and the more hours you spend there, the worse it gets!

Some advise though:

1. Drink plenty of water, it helps with the dehydration!

2. Dont fly with a cold if you can avoid it (if your nose is blocked chances are you might burst an eardrum, it has happened to me 3 times!!!) If you have to fly, take a nose spray with you and some antinflamatory tablets, take them before 1hour before landing.

3. If you are flying from a mosquito area make sure you spray yourself just before boarding, cause if you didnt get bitten in the country, you will get bitten on board!! (the aircraft doors must be opened whilst in destination and because is so cool inside, you always get lots of mosquitos in the cabin, and even if you spray around, some of them resist!!)

4. Dont abuse the alcohol before/during the flight. With the pressure change it gets a lot worse than usual!!

5. Always take some extra clothes (even if you are coming back from paradise) cause, it doesnt matter how hot is outside, it will get chilly at some point during the flight, and that is when the "runny nose show" begins!

After reading all of that, and adding the DVT risks, jet lag, stupid working hours and rather dodgy in-flight food... Anybody wondering why im leaving my job next month????

Hope it helps!!

x x Miromar x x

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Sorry, off topic I know, but I read

and adding the DVT risks,

as being "and adding the DVD risks" and it took about 20seconds for it to register that whilst that makes sense, perhaps you mean't something else...

7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

To avoid colds and sniffles, I would recommend making sure you get plenty of vitamin C and zinc in the days before your flight, to help your immune system.

Motion sickness is a bummer, I know how awful it feels as I get it really bad on boats, and sometimes buses, but fortunatly never planes. In addition to pharmaceutical remedies, Ginger is also supposed to be really good for motion sickness. Many people I know, including myself find sleeping helps loads, so flying when you are tired or at night might be better.

Oh, and sucking on sweets is supposedly good for equalising the pressure in your ears. If you do get a cold, a drug such as Beechams capsules with a decongestant like phenylephrine hydrochoride works well.


[ Edit: Edited on May 9, 2007, at 12:46 PM by Clarabell ]

8. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

Sorry, off topic I know, but I read

and adding the DVT risks,

as being "and adding the DVD risks" and it took about 20seconds for it to register that whilst that makes sense, perhaps you mean't something else...

Hehe... Gelli, Im sure if we do enough research we will find some "DVD risks" associated with flying to add to the list..

9. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

gravol. it's against car sickness etc, but the reason that it 'works' so well is cause it knocks you right out. if you're asleep, you won't be having many problems with the nose. or at least it seems slightly better than some of the names mentioned above...scary!

or at least for a limited time..

10. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

Well, you have to take into account how you react to Gravol. Gravol actually makes me hyper, rather than sleepy...and you're still breathing in whatever pathogens are in the air.