Flying with a cold can cause problems in the long term
Flying with a cold or the flu isn’t the best way to start a holiday.
Getting ill can ruin a trip abroad, and travelling on a plane can make the symptoms much worse with the change in pressure.
Those who decide to fly could be putting their health at risk, causing long-term problems.
Many may not realise their hearing could be permanently changed.
Pressure levels on a plane can damage the sinuses which change when ascending or descending.
It can cause severe pain if happening with a cold or the flu, but can also damage hearing in the long term by causing ear dreams to pop.
The NHS website advises against it, stating: “It’s not advisable to fly if you have an ear, nose or sinus infection, as the swelling can cause pain, bleeding or a perforated eardrum.
There are ways to get around the problem if cancelling a flight is not an option.
Flying with a cold could cause a perforated ear drum and hearing loss
Taking nasal sprays before a flight can help keep the airways clear and reduce any further swelling
Taking nasal sprays before a flight can help keep the airways clear and reduce any further swelling.
The NHS recommends: “Ask your GP or pharmacist about decongestants to help reduce the swelling in your ears.
Waking up around an hour before landing so your ears have time to adjust to the descent, is also advisable.
Whilst on the plane having gum or hard sweets to suck and chew on can change the pressure around your jaw, opening the sinus tubes up.
As soon as the ill passenger lands, having a hot shower can help as the cold can keep bunged up ears from popping long after the flight is over.
Flying with a cold should be avoided unless speaking to a GP
It isn’t the only problem that can cause long-term damage whilst flying.
Falling asleep during take off and landing could also cause health problems later in life.
As passengers won’t be swallowing constantly, it can then affect the pressure in the Eustachian tubes, which will block the ears.
This could also cause them to perforate and affect hearing permanently.