Is air travel a problem for rosacea issues?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Flying doesn’t have to be a problem just because you have rosacea, but planning ahead can mean smoother travels. Bring enough of your medications to last through your trip and possibly extra in case you have to stay longer than expected. Pack your medications in your carry-on bag so you will be able to maintain your skincare even if your luggage is lost. Check TSA (Transportation Security Administration) regulations for guidelines on packing and consult your dermatologist. Sometimes a signed noted from your doctor explaining why you need your medications can make negotiating airport security easier.

On the plane, drink plenty of bottled water and avoid dehydrating alcoholic or caffeinated beverages. Airplane air can be dehydrating, which may worsen rosacea symptoms. Using a spritzer bottle of water on your skin if it starts to feel dry in the plane can also help. If airplane travel makes you feel stressed, try doing some stress-reduction techniques, such as deep breathing, visualization, or progressive muscle relaxation.

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