How to stay healthy on airplane?

May 5th, 2007, 05:29 AM
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I've heard that you should drink at least a cup of water for each hour on the plane, so I do try my best to do that.
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May 5th, 2007, 05:37 AM
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I usually try to drink a cup of something that's partially water at least once an hour.
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May 5th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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Definitely an aisle seat to easily get up and walk around whenever possible. It feels much less claustrophic to me.

Pack Zicam in case you do feel like you have 'caught' something on the flight. Emergence-C packets are good (similar to Airborne).

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May 5th, 2007, 09:32 AM
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Another vote for saline nasal spray and decongestants.

The air inside the plane on a long flight gets very dry. The spray will help keep the nasal passages moist. The decongestant will help counteract changes in air pressure. My doctor said it is important to take the decongestant about an hour before takeoff so it has time to work.

I wear TED surgical hose to help leg circulation on those long flights. People who have any concerns about phlebitis or dvt should at least consider them. The last time I tried to buy some I had to have a prescription. Not sure why one needs a prescription to buy long socks, but without one the associate in the store would not sell them to me.

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May 5th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Airborne really seems to work for me, too. I put some in an almost used up water bottle while waiting to go through security. Then I ask for a cup upon boarding and chug another "dose" mixed from the water purchased after security- while waiting for the plane to take off. Do NOT drink the water on the plane, from their pitchers! I keep the cup and continue to dissolve one Airborne every couple of hours, in the increasingly residue- lined cup! (ick)Along with the frequent hand sanitizing, and not eating or drinking what is offered on board (I take a couple bananas and a big baggie of granola mix or a sandwich made at home),I also swear by a decongestant before boarding and another every four-five hours of the flight process. Also, lubricant eye drops are very helpful. I use the provided pillow and blanket to fashion back rests, but wouldn't use them near my face or even on my clothes! I bring one of those inflatable neck pillows, too and put on the long compression socks I saved from a surgery after the plane takes off. I wear them for as long as I can stand it, then take them off for awhile. Lastly, I have started to pack a heavy-duty nose mask in the bottom of my bag. On my last flight the person next to me had a horrible cold. Ick again. The mask was really uncomfortable and I looked really stupid but....I didn't get sick!

I appreciate the suggestion for the facial misting and am going to try that next time! Healthy travels!
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May 5th, 2007, 10:25 AM
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I worked with a guy who did the "round the world" trip 4 times a year, which was to visit all of our offices in the US, Europe and Pacific Rim in 17 days. He told me that he used a cotton swab and put bacitracin around the inside of his nostrils before he boarded every flight and never got a cold. Since I started doing this, I haven't either (knock on wood).

I swear by Emergen-C and just take it 2x a day leading up to the trip and then a day or two once I get there. Seems to help the jetlag too. Airborne does absolutely nothing for me, plus it tastes vile.

I also buy a trial size pack of Clorox wipes and wipe down the tray table, handles, etc. Ever since I saw a guy throw up all over his seat mid-flight and saw what the crew *didn't* do to clean it up, that's become standard practice for me.

Other than that, I just drink as much water as I can buy post-security and sleep as much as I can. Drinking a lot translates to getting up once an hour or so to use the loo, so that doesn't really equate to solid sleep, but I seem to do well on arrival.
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May 5th, 2007, 10:57 AM
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Simple answer H20
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May 5th, 2007, 11:08 AM
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I think it is a personal thing. I don't take any thing special or do anything special to stay healthy. I drink wine, two to three small bottles, no water, eat what ever food is served, and the only walking is to the toilet. I never have a problem and I am 68 years old. now, having said that I do believe that if you work in a city and are subjected to masses of people daily, you do build up a resistance. If on the other hand you are from a more rural area you just might be more prone to getting sick.
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May 5th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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OK...I've flown thousands of miles, have never used anything to prevent a cold and I have never goot one on a plane.

Have I just been lucky or is there something to this?
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May 5th, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Always good for a laugh - try "Flying is expensive - Let us cheapen the experience"

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May 5th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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Thanks, Rastaguy. And darn it, I was at a mall today where there's a Sephona. Oh well, I'll look in the local massive drugstore.

I don't get sick on planes, but then I rarely get sick anytime, so I guess I'm just your standard hardy traveller. I can also eat just about anything, whereas SO has a much more delicate system than I do (poor baby).

I do get very dry up on those planes though and the misting is a godsend.
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May 5th, 2007, 03:13 PM
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I use neosporum inside my nose, have for years and it works great for me. Zicam is also fantastic. Everyone seems to love airborn, maybe I'll try it, thanks.

Evian spray water is wonderful for the flight as well as hot flashes. I keep one in my purse and I love them. If you can't find it in the stores, you can order it on line from Sephora. I keep the larger can in the fridge for a real treat late at night!
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May 5th, 2007, 03:17 PM
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There is an urban myth about air in planes being dangerous but it is actually more highly filtered and more changes per hour than that in modern buildings - offices, stores, malls, schools, even hospitals. It is drier, so increasing fluids is a good idea. Risk of picking up an infection is highest via your hands touching something contaminated, so alcohol based gel is a good thing to use; be aware that it must be at least 60% alcohol to be effective (check the label).

sandi - alcohol based hand sanitizers do not lead to resistance; it is a mechanical cleaner and not an antibiotic, so use away. And you are not eliminating your acquired immunity by washing your hands.

Blankets are washed, but not between passengers and not even between flights - they can go as long as 30 days before laundering if not visibly soiled. If you get one sealed in plastic it is probably freshly washed, but otherwise it has seen prior use.

Airborne is having a booming time in the market, but it is more faith than science. Nothing in it should hurt you, though, so if it makes you feel better then go for it. As a respected mentor once told me "the nice thing about the placebo effect is that it IS an effect." Same thing for ZiCam - zinc is important in chemotaxis (the ability of white blood cells to travel to the part of the body where the germ is located) but popping a lozenge as you board is probably not enough time for it to have any effect, and you probably already get enough zinc in your diet. But again, if it makes you feel better - go for it.
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May 12th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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hdm - I have called several online suppliers and stores, and they have all specially noted to me that I'd have to select ground shipping for my order, because they cannot even ship the Evian sprays on a plane, so I'd assume you can't bring them into the cabin either...

However everyone keeps saying how much they love using them, and this site:

says there's "No risk by plane," so I don't know. Personally, I'm going to either take Caudalie's 1 oz Beauty Elixir, or a small empty spray bottle, which I can then fill with water however many times I'd like and mist away!
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May 12th, 2007, 07:42 PM
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In my last trip from Italy five years back, I caught an awful cough that promptly started after my trip. I kid you not that it took two months to shake off (fortunately, I am as healthy as it gets and usually don't visit the doctor for years except for annual checkups). It got to the point where my PCP suggested taking narcotics based medicine with the only "minor" complication of not being able to drive for a few hours after it! Fortunately, the cough left me right before I was able to convince myself to take his advice.

For stress, lately my six year old works best. In my last trip, after a trip to the restroom and having walked half the plane, he happily announced "I "sink" I am walking in only one shoe". He is so cute that instead of getting upset, I laughed all the way to the back to collect his little shoe! Of course, for the look of admiration he gave as he saw me walk back with it, I would have walked the entire plane many more times.
May 12th, 2007, 07:52 PM
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What does that mean -- "no risk by plane"? Do they mean it won't explode? How can that be anyway? I GOT it on a plane -- it was in the business class loot bag.
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May 12th, 2007, 08:01 PM
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I used to get sick everytime we went
on a plane for any length of time. Now
I use a saline gel in my nose and I
bought a personal air purifier' mini-mate ionic, from Magellan's travel catalogue. I keep my hands away from
my face and wash them often. I have
not been sick sense.
The purifier is about 2in long and
hangs around the neck. About $129.00
So far I haven't had any problems going
thru security with it.

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May 12th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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May 13th, 2007, 09:48 PM
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hdm - See, this is what I don't understand. People get it on planes, use it on planes, and yet I get told I have to choose ground shipping because they can't transport it on a plane. Ridiculous.
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