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As you start making plans for your summer vacation, we at Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group want to make sure that you don’t forget about your health. Traveling may be stressful enough on its own, but when you or a family member has asthma, it can be even more difficult. Here are some suggestions for traveling safely with asthma. If you have any questions, please contact us at 805-658-9500.
If you’re on a daily asthma medication, be sure you’re taking it exactly as directed. This may seem like a no-brainer, but while you’re traveling, you’re out of your regular schedule. It’s easy to forget about important things, such as taking your prescription.
Handwashing should be done on a regular basis. If at all possible, avoid touching your face. Many individuals use hand sanitizer, but while it can be useful when used in conjunction with hand washing, antibacterial soap is the best alternative. Keeping yourself clean will help minimize your chances of contracting an infection that would aggravate your asthma.
Whether you’re flying, check with your local security office to see if you’ll be able to carry your medicine and equipment. Keep in mind that TSA regulations apply to all liquids, which may include inhalers. While we would want to see federal regulations enforced at all airports, the fact is that each one has its own set of restrictions. You don’t want your medicine to be taken away from you at the airport.
Because you’ll be carrying a lot of items, make sure you know where your rescue medication is at all times. It should be immediately accessible, such as in the front purse of a pocket or similar location where you can reach it quickly. If a nebulizer is required, consider a portable nebulizer with a rechargeable battery.
The hotel sector has improved its treatment of persons with allergies, asthma, and other ailments. Inquire whether the hotel you’re staying at has any asthma-friendly rooms. If you don’t want to take any chances, you can bring your own blanket, pillow, pillow cover, and so on.
Traveling has the potential to devastate your immune system. As a result, we recommend getting your flu vaccine and doing anything else you need to do to strengthen your immune system before you go. Please contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 if you require assistance or advice for your unique situation.
We are proud of the work we perform to enable our customers to travel, work, and maintain a high quality of life. We look forward to working with you if you have asthma, allergies, or any immunological problem.