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Whether you are going on a business trip or off on holiday, there are a number of potential health problems to watch out for when flying. Dr Sneh Khemka, medical director at Bupa International, offers advice on how you can prepare for your next flight.
Long journeys can be exhausting enough, what with early starts, long trips to the airport and endless queues. To make matters worse, when you arrive at your destination after a long flight, your body clock can be out of step with the new timings of daylight and darkness. This article looks at what you can do to combat jet lag and if there's any way to prevent it.
Travel or motion sickness is a term that describes an unpleasant combination of symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea and vomiting, that can occur when you're travelling. In most cases, the symptoms of motion sickness will start to improve as your body adapts to the conditions causing the problem. Anyone can get motion sickness, but some are more vulnerable than others. Women often experience motion sickness, particularly during pregnancy and it is also more common in children aged 3 to 12. After this age, most teenagers grow out of the condition.
Medical papers have been published since the 1950s about a possible link between deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and air travel. However, it was the publicity surrounding 2 unexpected deaths from pulmonary embolism — a blood clot travelling from the legs to the lungs — after long-haul air travel in 2000 that sparked renewed interest in the issue and much public debate. If you’re planning to travel by air, it’s a good idea to be aware of DVT and its symptoms, and to follow the currently accepted advice aimed at helping to prevent DVT.