Shots and Meds before Boarding

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As a frequent traveler you come to realize that upon arriving to your destination of travel or back home you always seem to get a little cold. For starters it’s important to do a little research to where you plan on traveling to, some countries may require you to get a shot of some type of vaccination or you made need to take some prescription pills in order to avoid getting malaria or something else that is frequent there. Second, make sure you are well rested before your flight, have a travelers pillow, head phones that can connect to a portable device that will provide soothing sounds in case their is a crying baby or a loud neighbor beside you. Attempt to not drink alcohol before your flight or during even if it seems to relax you in the end your body will swell up and you will be uncomfortable for the remainder of your flight. If a blanket is not provided, make sure you brought along a light sweater to cover yourself up, the slight air that flows through can be sufficient enough to give you the sniffles. Lastly, pack up some medicine just in case, if you happen to go to a foreign county it’s almost impossible to buy something that you are sure is going to treat your problem. From Tums, Pepto-bismo, Tylenol to cough drops it never hurts to be a little prepared, and to be on the safe side as well take some airborne just in case you never know if someone on the plane is getting over something.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/survival-guide.aspx

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Wheezing & coughing? Try a cup of coffee.

Yes, you read that headline right. Caffeine, known more as a pick-me-up than a home remedy, has been researched by scientists for its benefits for people with asthma. So is it true? Will caffeine from coffee or strong tea work as a home remedy for asthma symptoms?

THE LOWDOWN:

The chemical structure of caffeine resembles that of a common asthma medication that relaxes the airway muscles and relieves respiratory problems, theophylline, reports Anahad O’Connor.

In a 2007 study in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, researchers pooled and analyzed the results of a half dozen clinical trials looking at the effects of caffeine on asthmatics. They found that caffeine produced small improvements in airway function for up to four hours, compared with a placebo, and that even a small dose — less than the amount in a cup of Starbucks coffee — could improve lung function for up to two hours.

In other words, in a pinch, a cup of coffee or strong tea might provide some momentary relief. Just be sure not to replace that handy inhaler for a tall dark roast just yet.

The improvements are very slight, studies show. To the point where it is definitely not enough to make caffeine a replacement for medication. The other problem is that because of their chemical similarities, consuming too much caffeine can compound any side effects of theophylline. As a result, doctors advise people taking that medication to watch their consumption of coffee, tea, chocolate and other foods with caffeine.

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