Advise regarding long haul flights

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I am currently being investigated for Bronchiectasis have the physio visiting me at home this Thursday morning and CT scan in the afternoon, i know i have to deal with the condition if diagnosed, however the one thing that is really worrying me is flying.

I have booked a Cruise around Aisia for next February, we are going to Malaysia, Thailand Singapore and Vietnam so the long flight is worrying me as well as the humidity.

I would really appreciate peoples thoughts as well as advise

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    i have BX because of an immune deficiency so i would never go that far or go where there are so many people I could catch an infection from.

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    Hi Anne:

    I have had Bronx for 20+ years and have traveled all over in Europe and South America with it. I found that long flights did not make my condition worse and neither did a long cruise I took. I did try to rest and relax as much as I could and usually aimed to arrive a day early to have a day relaxing in the hotel before a tour. On flights the mucus sort of dried up and I hardly coughed. When flying, I always used a small personal air purifier that hangs around your neck to prevent picking up an infection on a plane and drank lots of water. Only now that I have gotten very short of breath and am dependent on external oxygen are flights a real problem.

    Good luck with your diagnosis and have a great trip if you decide to go ahead.


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    I've given up on planes. Aside from everything else, there are all those people wearing 100 times too much perfume/aftershave, donned in clothes intended to reek for a month of chemically driven perfumes. Other people apparently aren't sent into non-stop coughing by all this, and sometimes it stops me breathing completely. That never happens otherwise. Even an hour with all these stinky people ? Not enough money on earth for me to try that.

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    That will all depend on the severity of your condition and you have to get all clear from physio and your doctor. I wouldn't fly if I was you before these are done. I didnt take an airplane for years before everything was investigated. My doctor said OK so did my physio and I was reassured. I was given tips what to do in the plane, eg fanning my self and certain breathing techniques and although I'm still worried, it's a short flight to Europe and I'll stay 3 weeks to rest my lungs. I'd start with a short flight if I was you.

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