For many of us, flying means jetting off on holiday and enjoying a well-earned break. If you’re going away this summer, you probably don’t want to think about the dangers of flying or catching common flight illnesses.
Sadly, the reality is that people do experience illness during and after flights. Here are some of the most common flight illnesses and some tips to help you swerve travel accidents and prevent ill health abroad.
The most common flight illnesses
Examples of the most common flight illnesses include:
- Coughs and colds
- Sore throat
- Panic attacks and anxiety, usually experienced by those with a fear of flying
- Nausea and sickness
- Dizziness and feeling light-headed
Deep vein thrombosis is often associated with flying, but in reality, most cases are linked to inactivity, being overweight or clotting disorders.
Flying can increase the risk of DVT slightly, so it’s best to keep active, stay hydrated and wear compression stockings (flight socks) on long-haul flights.
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid common flight illnesses. In a confined space, germs circulate and coughs and colds get passed around. Try and make sure you keep your hands clean and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of any tissues you’ve used. You may wish to take antibacterial wipes or gel with you.
Staying safe on holiday
Once you’ve negotiated the airport and flight without any issues, take these safety tips on board to prevent holiday accidents:
- Don’t run by the pool: this will increase your risk of slips, trips and falls
- Always ensure that children are supervised in the pool
- Stick to beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards
- Drink bottled water
- Make sure food you buy is cooked through and served piping hot
- Take extra care when driving abroad; you may have a higher risk of road traffic accidents on unfamiliar roads
- Always apply sunscreen before going out in the sun
- Stay hydrated to prevent heat stroke
- Wear beach shoes to prevent cuts, grazes and jellyfish stings
Claiming compensation for holiday illness and injury
Often, accidents abroad are preventable. However, in some cases, you may sustain travel injuries through no fault of your own. If you’ve been injured on holiday and you were not to blame, you may be eligible for travel accident compensation.
If you’ve developed food poisoning as a result of undercooked food served at your hotel, or you’ve been injured as a result of using defective equipment in your room, for example, you may have a valid holiday accident claim.
Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, to talk to one of our friendly advisors.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice