How to Prevent Swollen Hands on a Flight

For some reason this has been the winter of travel for us – mostly for work, some for fun. Perhaps it was the combination of salty food and too much altitude, but for the first time in our lives our hands ballooned making it almost impossible to take our jewelry off for several days!

Not only was it incredibly uncomfortable, we couldn’t change out any rings, which would have been fine if we hadn’t been wearing a large cocktail ring that kept ripping holes in our clothes.

To make the swelling go down we soaked our hands in a hot bowl of water and drank a ton of water, but in an effort to keep our hands a normal proportion our next flight, we polled our friends who fly the most for tips on keeping our hands and jewelry friends.

Tip #1: Don’t wear jewelry. Just keep it in your bag when you go through security.

Tip #2: To keep your hands their normal shape, compression gloves are unglamorous but they really work. Especially on flights more than a few hours, these have saved my hands more than a couple of times.

Tip #3. Don’t eat salty snacks or food the night before.

Tip #4: Keep your body moving. Go to the bathroom, flip a magazine or tap your leg just to keep your blood flowing. 

Plus one tip on what to do if everything you try doesn’t work and you arrive with huge hands, one of our friends tried this: Wrap a piece of thread around your finger tightly around the finger with no gaps between the thread. Then, release the thread slowly. Your finger will be compressed and the ring, with a bit of vaseline might just come off too. 

 

 

 

 

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