Scientist explains what health problems weightlessness can cause

(ORDO NEWS) — Zero gravity conditions can predispose cosmonauts to runny nose and nasal congestion, especially during the first phase of the flight, Elena Tugaleva, head of the department of clinical and physiological research and expertise of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RIA Novosti.

“Redistribution of body fluids in the cranial direction (closer to the head – ed.), Which occurs in zero gravity, can predispose to the development of edema of the nasal mucosa in individual astronauts by the type of vasomotor changes (narrowing or dilation of blood vessels – ed.), Especially in the early the period of adaptation to weightlessness. As you adapt to weightlessness, these phenomena pass, “she said.

According to her, in the event of a runny nose and nasal congestion, the astronaut can cure them with drugs that are part of the on-board medical kit.

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