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Can you fly if you have vertigo?

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Most people who have vertigo are able to fly. Potential problems include motion sickness or increased dizziness. Flying on a large commercial airline with a pressurized cabin helps to reduce both problems. Over-the-counter medications also help to reduce symptoms.

Doctors recommend individuals who suffer vertigo avoid flying when they have a cold, if possible. Swallowing, chewing gum or drinking water can help to equalize pressure in the inner ear, making the passenger more comfortable.

Pilots in training often experience a form of vertigo. This lack of balance makes it difficult for the pilot to keep the plane horizontal. However, as training continues, pilots learns to overcome the sensation and to depend on their instruments.

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