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Vacationing For An Allergy Sufferer

Vacationing For An Allergy Sufferer

Summer is here and it is a time when everyone takes an opportunity for a break and relaxes. If you are an allergy sufferer, then you know it will take slightly more planning for your vacation to avoid triggers getting in the way. Thorough preparations can help prevent a lot of allergy issues. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next allergy-free vacation.

  1. Consider your destination when planning your vacation. Select a spot that avoids your allergy triggers. The beach is an excellent option for allergy sufferers because the ocean breezes are usually free of allergens. The mountain is another great idea since there are fewer dust mites at elevations greater than 2,500 feet and mold spores cannot thrive in cold. If you have severe allergic reactions, you may want to consider a destination where you speak the language so you can quickly and accurately describe your allergy in emergency situations.
  2. Check the weather and pollen counts in the area you are considering for your vacation. Different parts of the country and world will have lower pollen count at various times throughout the year. For example, in big cities like New York, it is better to visit in early August rather than late in the month due to lower ragweed pollen.
  3. Pack your allergy medications and bring your pillow. You should keep your Epipens with you in case of any severe allergic reactions. If your reactions are mild, then refilling and packing a topical hydrocortisone cream or your antihistamine medications will be helpful to avoid your allergy symptoms. If you are traveling by plane and have bad seasonal allergies, carrying a saline spray with you will help alleviate allergy symptoms caused by the dry cabin air. Don’t use airplane pillows and bring your own pillow to help you avoid dust mites. Requesting a nonsmoking room or selecting pet-free accommodations can prevent triggering your allergies when staying in motels or hotels. It’s even worth asking to see if the hotels provide allergy-free rooms.
  4. Discuss with your Allergist about your vacation plans before departing. This is extremely important if you plan to travel outside the United States and may need certain vaccinations or immunizations. You should also discuss with your doctor your destination and activities you plan to do.

The specialists at Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group are more than happy to discuss your next vacation plans with you. We will be able to answer your questions and make recommendations on appropriate destinations based on your specific allergy. Call us at 805-658-9500 today for an appointment. Don’t let summer pass by without some time for a vacation!