Flying tips if you have recently suffered a head injury
If you have recently had a head injury, you have most probably been advised to avoid vigorous physical and mental activities for some time. It is essential to let your brain rest so it can heal faster. But what about if you need to take a flight soon after the concussion?
The wisest thing to do is to consult with a doctor first. They'll be able to determine whenther it is okay to fly so soon given your specific injury.
Below, we have given a few general tips that may spare you at least a headache:
• Keep in mind that while on a plain, you may experience headaches, nausea and fatigue anyway, and that is due to the change in pressure and the lack of oxygen you receive. If you have recently experienced a head injury though, those unpleasant feelings may amplify;
• Turbulences may worsen the headache, so you better take some suitable medicine with you before flying, just in case;
• Drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol in order to stay well hydrated during your flight;
• Forget about reading books, playing games or watching movies while flying, until a certain amount of time have passed since the injury had occured, because these activities are most likely to aggravate a headache. Try to rest, or better yet - sleep during the entire flight.
You need to be especially careful in case your injury was rather serious. This will most likely mean that your brain needs more time to recover. If that's the case, you should probably consider rearranging your travel plans, especially if they involve an international flight.
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