Do you have a flight coming up while experiencing a sinus infection? If you have gone through flying in such a condition before, then you know you could experience severe sinus pressure and mildly irritating to unbearable pain around your eyes, nose, cheekbones and forehead.
You can avoid a painful flight by treating the root cause of your sinus problem. Balloon sinuplasty is a long-term solution to treat your recurrent or chronic sinusitis. However, if you do not have enough time to visit Dr. Greg Levitin for help this time around, there are temporary solutions to get you through your upcoming flight.
How to Find Temporary Relief from Sinus Pressure Pain During Your Flight
If you know you are going to fly soon with a sinus infection, there are certain foods you can start eating daily to help lessen your symptoms. These include ginger, bright-colored fruits and vegetables like berries and bell peppers, foods high in vitamin C, spicy food and pineapple (it reduces inflammation and contains enzymes that break down the buildup on the sinuses).
While on the flight, the two most common methods of easing pain (especially during takeoff and landing) include chewing something (like gum or gummy bears) and swallowing water. The jaw movement can help temporarily relieve pressure buildup in your sinuses, which happens due to the change in cabin pressure.
You can also take decongestants in advance of your flight. These medications prevent sinus pain by increasing airflow in your sinuses.
You Do Not Have to Go Through Another Painful Flight
You may make it through the upcoming flight with the temporary techniques, or you may not. If flying with a sinus infection is not a process you want to repeat, consider balloon sinuplasty treatment.
Flying with a sinus infection can be dangerous. If the condition is severe enough, you may rupture an eardrum while flying. But why take that risk when there is a simple, minimally invasive and in-office procedure that can expand the sinuses in your nasal passages and bring you a lifetime of relief?
Plus, balloon sinuplasty requires little-to-no recovery time and can be done in under 20 minutes. In addition, the treatment ensures reduced chances of congestion, infection and other symptoms throughout your life.
Do Not Let a Sinus Infection Affect Your Ability to Fly Comfortably
Do not force yourself to go through another painful flight. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Levitin to receive a comprehensive assessment, including diagnosing your sinus or nasal problems affecting your ability to fly comfortably.