The holidays are drawing near, which means millions of people will be traveling across the United States at the same time. And what’s worse than traveling on a crowded airplane?Traveling with a sinus infection, which over 30 million people suffer from each year.
What is a Sinus Infection?
Your sinuses are air-filled cavities that line your nose and skull. When the tissue along the cavities become inflamed and irritated due to a virus or infection, they block normal air flow and drainage. This leads to an accumulation of mucus throughout the skull which may lead to headaches, earaches, toothaches, postnasal drip, coughing, and being the person on the airplane everyone dislikes.
When flying with a sinus infection, the constant change in pressure can make the trip incredibly painful and challenging. The pressure combined with the blockage could lead to bleeding, eardrum ruptures, or make the infection worse. Saline sprays, and decongestants can be used to loosen mucus and reduce inflammation throughout the sinus cavity. Taking these precautions before traveling can help prevent trouble during the flight.
It is best to talk to your ENT doctor before flying with a sinus infection. Antibiotics may also help to relieve symptoms if prescribed by a doctor. Consult the specialists at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates before traveling this holiday season.