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Traveling With Asthma? What You Should Know

Whether you are on vacation, a business trip or just visiting family, there are many factors that can negatively affect your asthma during your trip. But with some preparation, you can ensure a smooth visit with the fewest possible complications.

Before You Leave

Medications: Bring all your medicines and equipment, such as pills and inhalers, in your carry-on bag. That way, they are nearby in case of an emergency and you don’t risk losing them if your luggage is lost. Keep these supplies on you while you are out and about. It’s always nice to have more than enough – just in case.

Travel with others: If it’s possible, travel with friends or family rather than alone. It’s nice to have someone who knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Location: Make sure to research your destination. Depending on where you are going, the air quality can affect your asthma. Also, consider where you will be staying or spending a lot of time and check if there are bans on indoor smoking.

Outdoors: Being outdoors can expose you to pollen or bugs bites. Any allergic reactions can trigger an asthma attack, so bring proper precautions such as bug repellent or antihistamines.

Physical Activity: If strenuous activity triggers an asthma attack for you, know how you will be getting around at your destination. If walking is the only option, you could be putting yourself at risk.

With some knowledge and preparation, you can enjoy your trip and avoid wasting your vacation inside a hospital or clinic due to an asthma attack.

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