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Has anyone with bronchectasis, been able to travel abroad by air. And if so was it fairly easy or would you not recommend it.  I was thinking of germs floating around the aircraft.  Also staying well while you are away.  It is the one thing my husband Joe really  gets fed up about.  Even if we could do it once it would be nice for him.

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    Hey jeannie

    i have travelled abroad all my life with this disease and i havefound it no problem. 

    95% of virus' caught are through touch, so take hand sanitiser, according to my old doctor who was an infectious disease  specialist. 

    Take precautionary anti's and some harder ones with you if you get sick. 

    Relax, enjoy and dont stress about it.

    do you do airway clearance?

    keep it up whilst away.

     

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    Hi Jennie, my wife has bronci we have never flown, we go on a cruise now and again, she has been bad with the air conditioning a few times , also try Euorostar we had a fab time in Nice , rent an apartment , plenty other things other than flying, good luck.Tom
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    Hi Jeannie

    Like the other comment, I have travelled many times but always take my Acapella or Flutter with me, and a course of antibiotics, just in case.

    The only thing with me is that the change in air often causes me to cough up some blood. This doesn't always happen, just occasionally. I have been told by my GP that as long as it is only the odd occasion, there is nothing to worry about. If it is consistent, then get checked out on your return.

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    I gave travelled extensively and no problems except recently when my wife and got a viral condition. My wife recovered in the USA quite quickly. Mine developed onto my chest ( where else ) incubated by my mild bronchiectasis. Then with the coughing, I tore a cartilage between the ribs so all in all a nightmare. I shall still travel and spent an uneventful month in Thailand last year with multiple flights. Luck of the draw I am sorry to say. The last advice was sound, and remember to declare the condition on your travel insurance. It will raise premiums but too risky to travel  without. Aircraft have inherent infection risk. Have you thought of a cruise? You will find yourself amongst far sicker people but there is a doctor on board. Again adequate insurance is needed.
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    Like others I too have flown regularly on long haul flights. Once I had a chest infection on day of flight but I went ahead. Took my antibiotics & it cleared up after awhile with rest etc at destination.
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    Hi Jeannie !

    I am recently diagnosed with the condition , supposedly had it a while , have since flown 8/9 times , mainly long haul , and suffered no ill effect !

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    Hi jeannie.  I agree with the previous replies.  No problem flying but do take precautionary antibiotics, accapella or flutter valve if you have one and a supply of painkillers and DO YOUR CLEARANCE daily.  My insurance company didn't increase my premium.  I did go on a cruise and I picked up an infection (before I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis) and the ship's doctor was excellent.  We still have an annual cruise and I fly regularly.  I'm sure, for my part, the benefits certainly outweigh the concerns.  Good luck.  Anne
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    Hi Jeannie,

    I have travelled a lot  having broncoectasis. Never any problem.... Only the last 7 years, having pseudomonas and my immunity system very low, I try to avoid to fly knowing that due to my weak immunity I can catch easily virus or bacteria.... But without those pseudomonas there is no problem....

    just try and you can always take a antibiotic treatment with you in case of....Enjoy a nice holiday!,

     

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