Apollo Astronaut Enroute Maladies

(AKA Crew Inflight Medical Problems)

It wasn't always that easy to fly a mission with your robust astronaut health intact. You might have inhaled a few loose particles leftover from the North American Rockwell factory floor, or a bit of bodily stuff expelled by a crewmate. The bio-med sensor jel might have started itching, and urine management might have irritated your internal relief tube. You might have gotten queasy, and you might just have had a bad case of gas. Kind of takes a way a bit of the heroic-romantic side of flying to the Moon...

Problem Diagnosis Cases
Barotitis (internal gas pressure) Barotrauma 1
Cardiac arrhythmia (heartbeat "skips") Undetermined, possibly linked with potassium deficit 2
Dehydration Reduced water intake during emergency 2
Dysbarism (bends) Undetermined 1
Excoriation (tearing of skin) , urethral meatus Prolonged wearing of urine collection device 2
Eye irritation, spacecraft atmosphere Fiberglass 4
Flatulence Undetermined 3
Genitourinary infection with prostatic congestion Pseudomonas aeruginosa (bacteria) 1
Head cold Undetermined 3
Headache Spacecraft environment 1
Nasal stuffiness Zero gravity 2
Nausea, vomiting Labyrinthine (complex "sloshing" in microgravity) 1
  Undetermined (possibly virus-related) 1
  Pharyngitis (sore voice box) 1
Rash, facial & recurrent inguinal (jock itch) Contact dermatitis 1
  Prolonged wearing of urine collection device 1
Respiratory irrigation Fiberglass 1
Rhinitis (inflammed nasal membranes) Oxygen, low relative humidity 2
Seborrhea (overproductive oil glands in skin) Activated by spacecraft environment 2
Shoulder strain Lunar core drilling 1
Skin irrigation Biosensor sites 11
  Fiberglass 2
  Undetermined 1
Stomach awareness Labryrinthine 6
Stomatitis (irritated mouth membranes) Aphithous ulcers 1
Subungual hemorrages (blood under fingernails) Glove fit (too tight) 5
Urinary tract infection Undetermined 1

Source: NASA Publication SP-368, Biomedical Results of Apollo