Allergy and ENT | Flying This Summer? Tips for Traveling With an EpiPen®

Allergy and ENT | For those patients who rely on the fast acting care of an EpiPen®, traveling can become a worry in regards to making sure that you have everything that you need in case of an asthma attack. Follow these quick tips on packing your EpiPen®for your next plane trip:

Prepare Yourself

Before your trip, ask your allergy doctor their recommendations on how you can stay safe during a flight. Research precautions that you can do beforehand to keep yourself safe. Contact the airline to notify them of your condition and to ask what snacks will be provided while onboard. Make sure that you know where the nearest hospital is once you land as well just in case a reaction does occur.

Pack Your Food

If you have an extreme food allergy, consider packing your own food and drinks for the flight. This will eliminate the stress involving not knowing the ingredients or manufacturing conditions of the snacks onboard a flight. Packing your own snacks, as well as extra ones just in case, is a good idea for those with severe food allergies while traveling.

Ask Away

The effects of an X-Ray machine are unknown to the epinephrine in your EpiPen®. Ask the TSA agent if the EpiPen®can be inspected visually instead of being run through the X-ray machine. Make sure that your EpiPen®is clearly marked and accessible at all times during your flight. If seated next to someone that is eating an allergen, ask the flight attendant to help you find another seat that reduces your risk.

Your allergy doctor can help you prepare for a flight if you are nervous about it. Prepare yourself for all of the possibilities that could happen during a flight as well as pack your own food. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you feel the need that something is affecting your safety.

 

If your EpiPen®has expired, contact the National Allergy and ENT office for an allergy doctor nearest you.