What the Yuck: Frequent flyer sickness
October 7th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

What the Yuck: Frequent flyer sickness

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

I have to travel a lot for my new job. Will I get sick more often if I’m a frequent flyer?

Actually, the recycled air on planes is probably better for you than most air in office buildings. It’s well filtered before it’s blown back out.

However, being in a closed cabin with all those other passengers can increase your chances of catching a cold, flu virus, or some other nasty bug.

And previous fliers might have left behind more than a completely filled Sudoku — namely, germs — on the seat, magazines, or overhead bin. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring antibacterial gel and wipes with you. Use them frequently while traveling, and especially before eating.

Copyright Health Magazine 2011

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  1. TravelAmy

    That photo is hilarious! I wonder if that woman is sick from all the flying, or if it is from all the prescription drugs and the bottle of liquor?!?! Who chooses these photos?

    October 7, 2011 at 13:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mina

    That picture is hilarious. I hope it was chosen deliberately, it appeals to my subversive side.

    October 8, 2011 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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