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Traveling With Asthma

When I was diagnosed with asthma in my early twenties, I assumed this would adversely affect my traveling plans. After all, many of my asthmatic triggers (dust, cigarette smoke) are often found in hotel rooms and other indoor places such as cars or airplanes.

Luckily, when I was diagnosed I had friends who had lived with asthma their entire lives and were able to give me some travel tips as it pertains to asthma.

Can I rent a hotel room without risking having an asthma attack?

Yes! This is one of my big worries after being diagnosed with asthma because dust was one of my biggest triggers for an asthma attack. However, there are some steps you must take to ensure the hotel room is safe for an overnight stay, depending on your triggers. First, if the hotel is a pet-friendly hotel, ensure that you will be staying in a no-pet room. In addition, you should also make sure that your room is smoke-free and the furthest room possible from the smoking rooms. If offered, request that your hotel offers an allergy-proof room. Finally, it is highly advisable that you bring your own pillows from home, if possible, to lower your risk of an asthma attack due to unfamiliar allergens on hotel pillows and cases.

What precautions should I take when renting a car?

First, you should try to get a newer, non-smoking car. After renting the car, you should take a few minutes to get rid of any possible allergens. Depending on the weather, turn on the air conditioning or heater on high with the windows rolled completely down. This causes any possible allergens to dry out. Once you have completed this step you should keep the windows rolled up because this will prevent pollen and other possible allergens from entering the car.

Is it possible to fly with asthma?

Yes, but the some of the precautions necessary for flying are different from the other travel options. First, be sure that you keep your necessary medications (inhaler, nebulizer, etc.) in your carry-on bags. If travelling overseas, be sure you are seated in a non-smoking section. Most domestic planes are completely non-smoking.

Research your travel destination

Before traveling to a new region, you should always research the allergen levels on your vacation locations. Pollution and allergen levels can vary by region so researching beforehand can prepare you for possible new triggers. As per the researchers, the immunoglobin supplement will provide healthy immune to the person. With a good immune, the body of the person can fight with dreadful diseases. Proper preparation should be done through the body for the consumption of the supplement.

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Procedures

Let your doctor know that you will be traveling and let him/her know the destination. Your doctor will then help you create an asthma action plan in case of an emergency. You should also keep your doctors phone number on hand. Also, take note of where the nearest hospitals are to your travel location. Finally take all of your necessary medications with you, in their original prescribed packages. Be sure that you have enough of your medicines to last through your vacation.