Since the onboard environment is quite unique, it causes some changes in our bodies.
For example, pain sometimes occurs in the ears due to the change in air pressure.
Here we will look at the common onboard ailments of inner ear inflammation (aerotitis) and motion sickness, as well as ways to deal with and prevent them.
Sometimes passengers' ears may hurt or feel plugged up during takeoff and landing. This is due to the air of the middle ear behind the eardrum expanding or contracting due to changes in onboard air pressure. The inner ear is connected to the nasal cavities by a narrow passage called the Eustachian tube, and when there is a change in environmental air pressure, the pressure inside the inner ear is equalized by opening up the Eustachian tube in the nose. However, when you have a cold or nasal inflammation caused by allergies, the mucous membrane inside the nose swells up and blocks the Eustachian tube, resulting in inflammation of the inner ear.
There are nasal cavities called the sinuses near the surface of the face. Usually, air can pass freely between the sinuses and the nose. However, when your nose is plugged up and there is a change in air pressure, the air inside the sinuses may expand or contract. This leads to sinus inflammation. The areas where pain is usually felt are the forehead, followed by above or below the eyes, between the eyes, or in the cheeks.
Just like in a ship or a car, passengers can suffer motion sickness on a plane. Motion sickness is marked by a feeling of nausea during a flight and an urge to throw up. It can easily occur when the aircraft passes through turbulence.
In the human stomach, there are between one and two liters of air. Since this air expands when the aircraft gains altitude, people who are constipated or drink a lot of carbonated beverages may experience bloating and stomachache.
Most stomachaches that occur during a flight are caused by air expanding in the stomach.
Passengers may experience toothaches when the aircraft ascends or descends. This is caused by air expanding or contracting inside cavities or teeth that are being restored. Go to your dentist to take care of any cavities before your trip. If you get a toothache during your trip, leave it alone and see a dentist as soon as possible after your arrival.
If the toothache is severe, please ask the flight attendant for pain relief medication.
Since the environment inside the aircraft is dry, you may become slightly dehydrated without a moderate amount of water, and symptoms such as thirst, drying of the nose and throat, or sore eyes can occur.