Q: Why do I get a headache every time I travel by airplane?
A: Many people develop so-called “airplane headaches” when they fly. Although airplanes are pressurized, the cabin pressure may not be perfect—and as a result you may develop the same symptoms experienced by high-altitude climbers. Airplane headaches are usually pulsating and may be accompanied by nausea, shortness of breath and weakness. If you tend to suffer from airplane headaches, try drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids like plain water before your flight. Acetazolamide, a prescription medicine commonly used by mountain climbers, may help, too. Talk to your doctor if you think you might need it. — Director of Headache and Pain Medicine, Professor of neurology, anesthesiology and rehabilitation medicine, and Sharecare.com expert Dr. Mark W. Green of Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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