Vernon Hills IL residents enjoy stress-free holidays courtesy of precaution and planning for asthma during travel
If you have asthma, you are probably accustomed to working with specialists like Drs. Askenazi, Hahn, and Patel to prevent and manage your symptoms. You can assure a stress-free vacation with the same type of planning that helps to keep your symptoms at bay each day you are at home, work, or school.
Before you go
Is your asthma well controlled? If you are experiencing flare-ups, call Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois. Our specialists can determine if medication adjustments are needed.
In advance of your trip, we can examine your asthma action plan. This plan should include the following items to provide to doctors while traveling in the event of an attack (and to get through security and customs should you be traveling overseas):
- List of medications
- Include generic names of any drugs you are taking as the meds may be sold under different brand names in other countries
- Dosing instructions
- Contact information for our specialists
Be sure to pack quick-relief and long-term control medications as needed. It’s better to have “too much” rather than too little on hand when it comes to these drugs. Keep these medications in your carry-on bag should you be traveling by plane or train, so you have easy access to them.
If you have insurance, bring those details with you. Same goes for a peak flow meter. If you use this device to see how well your lungs are working, it can be a beneficial aid on your trip.
Consider when and where you are traveling. Many asthmatics have “triggers,” such as dust mites, pollen and mold spores. More of these allergens are present in tropical, damp climates. Spring is also a peak time for allergies as plants are pollinating. If pollutants are triggers, you can pull up the latest Air Quality Index information for cities that may be on your bucket list at www.AIRNOW.gov. Consider these factors when planning your trip.
Enjoying your stay
If you must travel during a time when the pollen count is high, try to plan your outdoor activities outside of peak times for these counts — between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are traveling by car during these times, keep the windows closed.
Even with the best precautions, bus seats or hotel carpets may have the very allergens and irritants you have eliminated at home. Always have your quick-relief inhaler ready. You can minimize some of these issues by requesting a smoke free and pet free hotel room and by bringing your own blankets and pillows.
If you are staying with friends or family, they can help address triggers in advance of your arrival by carefully vacuuming and dusting your guest room, and avoiding the use of strong fragrances, aerosols and other irritants.
Vacations are supposed to be fun. Don’t let your trip be memorable for the wrong reasons. A visit to the hospital shouldn’t be on your itinerary. Drs. Noga Askenazi, Eugenia Hahn, and Dipika Patel can advise you on precaution for asthma during travel. Schedule an appointment at the Lake Barrington location by calling 847 888 8802.