Traveling with Allergies

If you have allergies, you know being prepared for an allergic reaction could mean the difference between life and death. Allergens travel with you wherever you go if you have asthma or allergies. Here are some helpful hints so you can travel safely and travel healthy.

Before Your Departure…Prep for Allergies

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A quick conversation with your allergist/doctor may offer some short-term adjustments to make your traveling more comfortable. Have all your medications refilled and up-to-date, prior to departure. If you have asthma, make sure your inhalers are ready. Ensure you have enough medication to last your entire trip. Refilling a prescription might not be easy on the road.

If you have food allergies, send the people at your destination a list of the foods you’re allergic to. Be sure to have your antihistamines and any other rescue medicines handy at all times, in case of an emergency. Extra portable, injectable epinephrine should be on your person at all times, especially in enclosed places, like airplanes and trains.

Have your allergist’s contact number and insurance card ready for your trip. If you have severe allergies: it might be beneficial to find a local allergist at your destination in case you need an urgent appointment. You may also want to consider buying travel medical insurance if you have severe allergies.

Be Prepared…Allergens are Everywhere

Analyze the path to your final destination. If you’re traveling by train, remember to have your allergy medicine handy. Every train stop is a doorway to allergens. If you’re traveling by air, keep your medicines in your carry-on (under 4 ozs for security). Lost luggage could be a recipe for disaster especially for asthma sufferers.  

While Traveling…Be Alert for Hidden Allergens

Flights may serve food that could cause an allergic reaction, so have your epinephrine pen ready. Hotel rooms can be a haven for dust mites and molds. If you are sensitive to molds, you may want to bring an hypoallergenic pillow cover. Also, request a room that has been pet-free and is far away from indoor pools.

After Your Departure…Remember your Allergies

Don’t forget to continue taking your medication while you’re traveling. Be ready to handle an allergy attack since you’ll be exposed to more allergens than normal.

Outside Activities…Allergen Dangers

The great wide open is a wonderful place to visit, but dangers could be lurking for those who suffer from allergies. Camping can expose you to pollen, bees, wasps, and more. Remember your allergy medicine and your epinephrine pen … camping during low pollen seasons may make your trip more enjoyable.

Asthma sufferers may need to curtail some outdoor activities to protect themselves. You may be able to better enjoy your outdoor activities with an asthma treatment plan to keep your symptoms under control. Ask your allergist/immunologist for more information.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe trip!

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