Saturday, March 12, 2011

From the Flight Surgeon

Can you believe it? Spring is just around the corner. Even though there is still snow on the ground my Ear, Nose and Throat Flight Surgeon buddies tell me the tree pollen counts are already rising!. Most of us have at least mild allergy problems so if you use antihistamines remember that CFR (FAR) 91.17 does not allow "any drug that affects the persons faculties in any way contrary to safety."

A smart choice would be to use non-sedating medications such as Allegra, Clarinex or Claritin. Nasal spray steroids are effective also and allowed by the FAA. Nasal decongestants like Afrin are effective but should be only used in certain situations. Call or write through and we will be happy to guide you through the wide array of available medications. Fly safe!

Gregory Pinnell, MD
Senior AME/Flight Surgeon USAFR

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