Headed Home for the Holidays? Beware Flight-Induced Dehydration

Thanksgiving is nearly here! If you’re traveling home for the holidays, there’s more to worry about than just long lines at airport security. Air travel can affect your wellness. Family medicine doctors warn that flight-induced dehydration will dry out the mucous membranes, making you more susceptible to infections, headache, and constipation. If you consume alcohol on the flight, you might experience more serious effects from dehydration. And if you have a pre-existing medical condition, like asthma, then the dehydrating, low-humidity environment of an airplane might lead you to seek urgent care when you land. 

Fortunately, it’s easy to fix this problem. Just skip the glass of pinot noir and drink plenty of water instead. If you do consume alcohol, drink an extra eight ounces of water for every glass of alcohol. Staying well-hydrated has another benefit besides combating dehydration: It forces you to get up to walk to the bathroom. And on a plane, periodic movement is crucial for preventing life-threatening blood clots. One last tip before you fly home for the holidays: Ask your doctor if your asthma medication needs to be adjusted while you’re on the plane. 

Paramount Urgent Care provides asthma treatment in Orlando, along with emergency care for all non-life-threatening medical conditions. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

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