Living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Traveling by Plane

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by Patrícia Silva, PhD |

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For people who live with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), traveling is not impossible, but it involves determined precautions and preparations. Traveling by plane can have respiratory implications so it is important that patients contact the airline beforehand to prevent any problems, as explained in this video by Professor Carlo Vancheri from the University of Catania, in Italy.

In this video presented by the company Boehringer Ingelheim and shared on their YouTube channel Boehringer Ingelheim Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Professor Vancheri recommends that patients ask for oxygen from the airline. Having oxygen available can help prevent exacerbations related to IPF due to the artificial environment created in a plane.

“Whether you are planning to visit a familiar place or thinking of exploring a new destination, you may be concerned about how your new or progressing condition will affect your travels. IPF shouldn’t automatically cut your holiday hopes short. Talk to your specialist or other health care providers about your plans – he or she may be able to help you realise them,” explain Boehringer Ingelheim on its website.

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