How to Deal with Allergy Symptoms When Traveling?
Allergies can greatly interfere with your quality of life, and they cause even more discomfort when you are travelling. You might have regular business trips, or you just go to visit your grandparents once in a while. Whatever your reason for travelling is, you need to plan ahead and make important preparations in order to prevent the annoying allergy symptoms from ruining your trip.
Prepare for Possible Allergy Attacks During the Trip
If you have an allergy and you’re going to be on the road soon, you should consider various aspects. To start with, you have to make a research on the allergens commonly found at the place of your destination? Today, you can use the Internet to easily find the information you need. Thus, you can check the worldwide pollen counts on the Allergy Nursing website.
When packing your stuff for the travel, remember about your allergy and make sure there is everything you might need in your luggage, including allergy medications.
You should have all the necessary medications at hand (in your purse or carry-on bag) to be able to take them on the flight, on the train or in the car. It is also recommended to bring an extra daily dose of each medicine in case there is a delay. If you are traveling by plane, keep your meds in their original packages, so that you can avoid problems with the Transportation Security Administration. Any types of medicines should be allowed to be checked through the security checkpoint. Medicinal liquids, gels, creams or aerosols can be stored in a quart-sized bag, separately from cosmetics and other liquids. However, if some of your medications come in the quantity larger than 100 ml (3.4 ounces), you will need to declare them separately from other meds.
Many specialists recommend using dust-proof, zippered cases for your pillows. If you have them at home, you can pack one to put on the pillow at your travel destination. If you think you may experience some annoying allergy symptoms caused by dust mites during your trip, you can also pack your allergen-proof mattress case. However, unlike a pillow case, it might take a lot of space.
People with food allergies are advised to bring some acceptable snacks in your cabin luggage to avoid the risk of encountering allergenic substances in the on-board meals or in the food bought it the airports or train stations.
What Allergens Can Affect You in the Air and on the Road?
Allergy triggers can be found everywhere, whether you are traveling by plane, train or car. To reduce your exposure to the allergens while traveling, you should follow the tips suggested below.
Allergens on the Plane or Train
Since the air inside the airplanes is very dry, allergists recommend bringing a saline nasal spray on board. Using the spray once an hour will help to maintain your nasal passages moist.
Although smoking is prohibited on all domestic and most international flights in the United States, it is still allowed in some airlines of other countries, as well as in some trains. If the mean of transportation you use allows smoking, you can ask for a seat located far from the smoking section and turn your air blower toward the smoking area.
Allergens in the Car
Choose low-traffic periods for driving or traveling in the car. Thus, if you travel in the early morning or late evening, you can avoid air pollution caused by increased number of vehicles on the road. Besides, this will help to save some time.
Keep the car windows closed and turn on the air conditioner instead. It is recommended to use the air conditioner for 10-15 minutes before you start driving, which helps to reduce dust mites and mold on the upholstery. In addition, if you have an allergy, you are better off using the recirculation setting in your air conditioner, not the outdoor vent setting.
A lot of newer car models are equipped with cabin air cleaners which recirculate the air through a certain kind of filter. They can significantly improve the quality of the air in your car. You need to change these air cleaners on a regular basis, as often as you change the oil.
What Are Allergy-Friendly Hotels?
Many hotels around the world are now positioning themselves as allergy-friendly ones and provide their clients with asthma- and allergy-friendly accommodation. Such an accommodation often includes dust-proof pillow and mattress cases, as well as hypoallergenic bed sheets.
If you cannot find an allergy-friendly hotel, you may at least stay at one that is nonsmoking. Make sure your hotel is entirely smoke-free because even smoke-free rooms in some smoking-friendly hotels may contain the traces of cigarette smoke. Besides, if the nonsmoking rooms are located right above the smoking floor, you may be exposed to the smoke coming from below. If you notice a smell of smoke in your hotel room, you should require changing it.
If you are allergic to mold, you might want to reserve a sunny, dry room, preferably away from the swimming pool. Before booking a room, you should also check whether the hotel is pet-friendly. If you have a pet allergy, pet-free hotels are your only option.
If you are renting a vacation house or apartment, make sure the place is properly cleaned after each guest.
In severe cases of allergy or asthma, we suggest that you should see a doctor before your trip and discuss your allergy-protection plans.