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Whether you are traveling for business or a family vacation, if you have allergies or asthma you’ll want to take your allergies into account as you make your plans. Your allergens are the things that cause you to have an allergic reaction. If you know what your allergens are, you can take steps to avoid them even when you are away from home.
Allergy planning starts as you fill your suitcase. Make sure you take everything you’ll need to treat your allergy or asthma symptoms.
– Pack enough medicine to last longer than you intend to be away from home, just in case your plans change. Pack all your medicines together and plan a specific place to keep them so you won’t be digging through suitcases when you need something. If you are flying, make sure to pack your medications in your carry-on so you have immediate access to whatever you need, even if your bags are lost. Taking the original pill bottles can help avoid confusion when your luggage is checked by security.
• Allergy shots
– If you get injections to treat your allergies, make sure you get your shot right before you leave. If you will be gone for more than a couple of weeks, ask your allergist if you should take a dose with you. If you do, you’ll also need a referral to an allergist away from home who can give you the injection.
• Asthma treatments
– If you use a peak flow meter or nebulizer to treat your asthma, be sure to pack it. Some nebulizers have an adapter to plug into the car lighter. If you are traveling out of the country, make sure you have the electrical adapter you need for the country you are visiting.
– If you use special pillows or pillowcases to protect from dust mites, take them along.
– If you are traveling to another country where another language is spoken, consider having key information about your allergies translated. This can be especially helpful if you have food allergies and need to give specific instructions to a chef.
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