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Many travellers are prone to a number of minor medical problems when flying, the majority of these are a product of the change in air pressure within the flight cabin. 

It is easy to forget, given the ease of travel today, that the most basic of flights essentially flings your body around the globe at both high speed and altitude into a different time zone. 

It’s no surprise then that occasionally your body undergoes minor forms of discomfort. Although these are far from life-threatening, they can upset the start or end of your trip. We have detailed the most common minor medical problems associated with flying below.

Air pressure 

When at altitude within the aircraft, cabin pressure in the body’s cavities expands slightly. This commonly occurs in the ears and sinuses, which may lead to slight ear ache. If you suffer from tooth decay, then small cavities may exist with the teeth which can result in severe pain. To relieve this pain, try taking paracetamol before and during the flight as a pain killer.
 
Air Quality 
 
Air quality within aircraft cabins can be poor as the air conditioning frequently ‘recycles’ the air inside the cabin. If filters are not entirely effective, bacteria can spread as people cough and sneeze within the cabin – leaving passengers with minor colds and coughs.
 
Dehydration 
 
A common problem of all flights is dehydration, as the air is not always properly humifidified throughout the cabin. 
Travellers may suffer from the drying of the mucus of the mouth and nose, which normally act as a protective barrier to bacteria and viruses.   
 
To prevent dehydration, try drinking water as regularly as possible throughout the flight, don’t rely on getting enough water on the flight, and carry on a large bottle of water for yourself Dry skin is a further side effect of this dehydration, flying with a good moisturizer reapplied regularly to reinvigorate your skin a good idea, so that you arrive looking refreshed, rather than drained. 
 
Immobility 
 
Extended periods of immobility can lead to swollen feet, aching joints and muscles and stomach pain from indigestion. The best remedy to these problems, is simply to keep moving throughout the flight, get up and walk around the cabin as regularly and as often as possible.