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Flying with a cold is a bad idea for pilots

The weather is warm, but your throat is sore, you have a headache, your nose and chest are congested, and you're tired — it's a summer cold. What potentially happens next is a sinus infection, and with that a more complex set of problems for aviators. Even with antibiotics, the symptoms — which can reappear at altitude even though the pain may have subsided — can last for several days. A cold is proper cause for temporarily grounding yourself from flying. Don't risk impairing your performance and decision-making abilities by flying after taking unapproved over-the-counter medications.

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