How to control allergies while on vacation

Published On: Nov 16 2012 02:57:07 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 03 2012 01:24:17 PM CST
Allergies - Generic

By Barbara Floria, Pure Matters

If you or your child has allergies or asthma, planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing, and attacks under control while you're on vacation.

“This is particularly important whenever you’re away from home,” says Richard A. Nicklas, M.D., an allergy specialist in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nicklas is also a spokesman for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. You can’t always predict when you will have a reaction in a new place, he says. Make sure you have your medicines with you in case you need them.

Tips for travel

The following steps can help you and your family travel safely:

Plan for emergencies

If you have a potentially dangerous food allergy, your doctor may tell you to take along an epinephrine shot for emergencies. You should have one with you at all times.

If you’re traveling by air, an epinephrine shot is permitted on board. It must have a printed label from the pharmacy or drug maker stating the name of the medicine or the maker.

“You also should carry a letter from your doctor stating your medical condition and the need for you to carry your medication on board,” advises Dr. Nicklas.

Source: http://resources.purematters.com/healthy-body/allergies/allergies-on-vacation