Traveling “Allergy-Free”

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Seasonal and environmental allergies are a significant challenge for countless adults and children. And while allergy treatments can limit the impact of allergens, many people simply rely on an avoidance approach. Unfortunately, allergen avoidance becomes increasingly difficult when you leave your usual environment and venture further afield – on vacation for example. Here are our tips for an allergy-free trip.

5 Tips for an Allergy-Free Vacation

You’re ready to take a relaxing vacation but you’re worried that your allergies will spoil your fun. You don’t want to spend your time on the beach with red eyes and a runny nose. The good news is that is you prepare ahead of time, you can leave your allergies behind by following these guidelines:

Plan Your Trip

If you’re allergic to pollen, booking a trip n the springtime may not be the best for you. It’s wise to research locations before you make your plans; consider the time of year and what triggers there may be for you. If you’re planning a trip to popular museums, try to visit during the off-season to minimize contact with perfume and other allergens.

Visit Your Allergist

Talk to your doctor about your concerns. This is a good time to get your allergy medicine prescription refilled too. Always keep your allergy medicine with you while you’re on vacation whether you’re climbing Mt. Everest or sipping a cappuccino in Rome. With many types of allergies potentially able to cause anaphylaxis, you might also require an epinephrine auto-injector.

Allergy-Free Room, Please

When you’re searching for a place to stay, look for hotels that specialize in allergen-free rooms. Ask about what cleaning products are used in the rooms in case certain cleansers trigger your allergies. Be sure to bring your own pillowcases for a good night’s sleep. If there’s pollen in the air, use the air conditioner instead of cracking the window open.

Driving To Your Destination

Before you hit the road check the allergy conditions in the areas that you’ll be driving through. Driving at night or at the crack of dawn is beneficial for allergy sufferers due to the light traffic on the road, which means less pollution and pollen for you. Windows should be kept closed along with the air conditioning vent. Prior to your trip give your car a good cleaning to remove any allergens, and don’t forget to clean the air filter.

Preparing For Your Flight

If you’re taking an airplane there are several things that can keep your allergies at rest. The important item is to bring your allergy medication in its original packaging so that you pass Homeland Security requirements. On the plane, get busy cleaning your tray, overhead, and armrests with alcohol wipes. Be sure to drink water to keep from getting dehydrated, which could bring on an allergy attack.

Keep Allergies From Tagging Along on Your Vacation

These tips can help you avoid or reduce your allergies while traveling. For more information on testing and treatment of your allergies, schedule an appointment with the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center at one of our clinic locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call us at (678) 668–4688.

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