ENT Travel Tips

AdobeStock_225489326_small.jpgIt's the most wonderful time of the year once again, which means that many of us will be traveling near and far to be with our family and loved ones. But before you make it home for the holidays, you've got to deal with the airport. With that in mind, here are some quick tips for staying healthy while you travel that we hope you find helpful this holiday season - particularly if you're flying.

Drink lots of water. Good hydration is always important for your health, and it’s very easy to become dehydrated in dry cabin air. This is especially true for longer flights. Drink several glasses before, during, and after your trip. And as tempting as in-flight cocktails might be, it’s better to avoid them and caffeinated beverages.

Use a saline solution. Saline rinses might not be practical for flights, but sprays can help moisturize, soothe, and even protect your nasal and sinus tissue. This is especially true inside airplane cabins where the air tends to be much drier.  

Keep a decongestant spray on hand. Decongestant sprays are a fast, effective way to relieve congestion brought on by the changes in air pressure that come with flying. If you know that flying tends to make you congested, you can use the spray an hour before your flight takes off to avoid the congestion. Depending on the length of your flight, taking it again just before descent can help you avoid congestion after landing.

Enjoy some herbal tea. Decaffeinated and herbal teas are not only soothing, but they can also help steam your nasal passages. That little bit of extra moisture is yet another way to keep your sinuses healthy and happy while you travel.

Keep your hands clean and sanitized. It should be no surprise that crowded areas like busy airports are places that make spreading viruses and germs very easy. Hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes should be in everyone’s travel bag, but also take advantage of soap and water when you can.

Whatever your plans, we hope that you have a safe and happy holiday season.