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i have a chest infection. is it safe to fly

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i have a chest infection. is it safe to fly ?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Medicaldoctor replied 7 years ago.
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Air pressure in an aircraft cabin is lower than air pressure at ground level.

At high altitudes blood oxygen levels fall in everyone and some people may feel a little breathless.

In most people this has no health effect.

But if you already have low blood oxygen levels because of your lung condition,

then the extra dip that happens while you are in the plane can cause more

breathlessness and discomfort.

If you can walk 100 meters on the level without needing oxygen, at a steady pace

without feeling breathless or needing to stop, Then you are not likely to be troubled by

the reduced pressure in aircraft cabins.

If you cannot do this, you will need to talk to your doctor regarding whether you should

travel by air.

Hope it helps.

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