Your nose and ears can easily dry up in airplanes due to the low levels of humidity inside the aircraft. Nasal dryness also increases your risk of picking up germs from other passengers on board. Along with a dry nose, your ears can also dry up in an aircraft due to the unequal pressure that develops between the air in the middle ear and the air outside the ear. Luckily, there are few tips to keep your nose and ears from drying in an airplane:
The best way to keep moisture in your nose and ears is to make sure you are hydrated. You should drink a lot of water so that your skin doesn’t loose moisture an dry up quickly. Also, avoiding alcohol or coffee might be a good idea as they are known to dehydrate you.
- Nasal Spray
Nasal sprays provide the saline concentration that your body might not be producing naturally inside an airplane. It can be easily purchased over-the-counter and you don’t need any prescription to carry it on board.
- Water Mist
If you do not wish to use nasal sprays, water mist is a great option. Breathing in the mist helps to moisturize your nose. Spray mist on your face every hour to keep your skin hydrated. Just be careful not to bother the passengers beside you.
- Damp cloth
If spray’s aren’t your cup of tea, you can use damp cloths. Simply dampen cloths with water (preferably hot water) and lay it on top of your face. Breathing in the air that is filtered through this cloth will serve as a makeshift humidifier and so keep your nose and ears from drying out.
One of the most effective way of preventing ear dryness in airplanes is sucking candies during take-off and landing. For babies, drinks are great.
Keep these tips in mind and avoid ear and nose dryness during flights!