Everyone is counting down the days to Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year, and all the other holidays being celebrated this season. It is the time of the year where everyone is stressing about travel to see their loved ones. Those with allergies and asthma might also be stressing about how to travel safely this holiday season. Whether travelling by car, plane, or train, here are some ways to stay safe during your traveling.

Packing And Prepping

It’s been said before but Do Not Forget Your Epipen! It is important to always have TWO epinephrine auto-injectors with you for emergencies, especially when traveling with allergies. Those around you should be aware of how to use your epinephrine autoinjector. For a thorough demonstration on how to use an epinephrine autoinjector you can visit our YouTube channel. Make sure you have packed all your medication, including: antihistamines, inhalers, hydrocortisone cream, and more. Pack these medications in your carry-on or handheld bag so that they are always with you. Also consider packing wipes to clean trays and tables if you have a food allergy.

Those with environmental allergies should check the pollen count for their destination. When traveling abroad you may need specific vaccinations. Speak with an allergist so they can make sure you have everything you need before your trip.

Traveling

Taking an antihistamine in advance can help with both a car and airplane trip. If you have asthma and are renting a car make sure the car has never been smoked in before. Also, using the air conditioner instead of rolling down the windows will help keep the traffic smog out of your lungs. Those with food allergies who are flying by air need to notify the airline ahead or time. Ask if you can pre-board to wiped down your area. If you are traveling to a destination where they do not speak English, make sure to bring translated information about your food allergies for the chef at any restaurant you may visit.

If you are worrying about traveling with you allergies, a Board-Certified Allergist can assist you in making educated decisions. To schedule an appointment with an Experienced Allergist at National Allergy & ENT, please call us at (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.