I have a history of sinusitis and want to go back to my hometown, but what I’m afraid of is when I get on a plane and can’t stand air-conditioning, the airplane will automatically get the flu, so I’m afraid to suspect what should I do? Do I need the flu vaccine first? thank you
Hello, thank you for asking.
Complaints that you mean can occur because of cold air in the air conditioner that is dry. This will certainly disturb. Under normal circumstances there is a channel that connects the middle ear and throat called the Eustachian tube. This tube functions to equalize air pressure inside and outside the ear. If a cold occurs (in your case due to air conditioning / cold air) the air flow in the Eustachian tube will be obstructed so that the air pressure is difficult to be equalized. As a result, barotrauma can occur in several parts, one of which is sinus, so there will be severe pain above the eyes / forehead, back of the nose, and back of the cheekbones.
What can be done is to delay the trip and do not use drugs carelessly without a doctor's prescription. It is better you consult a doctor directly to resolve your problem. If indeed your problem is a cold air allergy your doctor will prescribe antihistamines and several other medications that might help. If it is not due to a viral infection, it is not appropriate to carry out a flu vaccine, but to make it clearer you can also consult with your doctor directly.
Given the outbreak of COVID-19 it is advisable for you to stay at home and avoid traveling to help break the chain of virus spread. Do social distancing by keeping a minimum distance of 1m from those around you and keep your health healthy and clean lifestyle.
That's all, hope it helps.