Is it OK to fly with a head cold?

Is it OK to fly with a head cold?

Is it OK to fly with a head cold?

More than inconvenient and uncomfortable, flying with a cold can be painful. The pressure in your sinuses and middle ear should be at the same pressure as the outside air. When you’re in an airplane and it takes off or starts to land, the external air pressure changes more rapidly than your internal air pressure.

Why do I get a head cold after flying?

While many people believe that recirculated, germy air is the main culprit of illness after a plane ride, the real reason why flying can cause us to get sick is from low humidity. When you’re soaring through the sky, the high elevations cause the humidity level in the airplane cabin to decrease.

How long is a head cold infectious for?

The common cold is infectious from a few days before your symptoms appear until all of the symptoms are gone. Most people will be infectious for around 2 weeks. Symptoms are usually worse during the first 2 to 3 days, and this is when you’re most likely to spread the virus.

How do you clear a head cold?


  1. Take it easy. Rest as much as you can to give your body time to recover.
  2. Drink lots of fluids, preferably water and fruit juices.
  3. Soothe your sore throat.
  4. Open up clogged nasal passages.
  5. Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your room while you sleep to ease congestion.
  6. Take a pain reliever.

How do you decongest before a flight?

1. About one hour before expected descent, take a decongestant (such as Sudafed- 12hr). 2. About 30 minutes before the flight use a nasal spray (such as Afrin or Neo-Synephrine).

How do I fly with a congested head?

Both systemic (taken orally) and topical (nose drops or nasal sprays) can be used to treat congestion. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used to help control discomfort. While you’re flying, chewing gum or swallowing frequently, particularly during ascent and descent, may provide some relief.

What to do if you are congested and flying?

What to do before you fly with cold symptoms

  1. Take decongestants. Medicines like Sudafed work to reduce swelling around your Eustachian tubes, giving the ear more of a shot at equalizing, says Linder.
  2. Try nasal sprays. Really stuffed up?
  3. Pack lozenges. Keep hard candy to suck on or gum to chew in your carry-on as well.

Do I need to shower after flying?

Showering after flights is probably a good thing—regardless of the length! —if only to have that clean feel after being cooped up in a cabin.” “But showering with soap—and shampoo for the hair—removes any of the germs you may have picked up, as well as reduces the levels of your own that have grown over time,” he says.

Can you go on a plane while sick?

If you get sick, isolate yourself from others, get tested for COVID-19, and postpone your travel until it’s safe for you to end home isolation. If you need to travel to get medical care, the safest way to travel is by ambulance, air ambulance, or private vehicle.