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TOP TIPS TO TRAVEL WITH ASTHMA

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Although I have had asthma since I was five years of age, I hadn’t had an attack until last year. My first asthma attack was when I was in Chamonix Mont Blanc. It was frightening because it was so far away from my home and halfway up a mountain.

In a strange way, it was a blessing that it happened. I learned so much from that trip and the horrible experience of my asthma attack.

Before that, I hadn’t really thought about how my asthma could affect my ability travel. Although I always remembered my medication when packing, it was not something that occurred to me to consider if my plans might pose an asthmatic risk.

Since that trip, my travel planning has improved tremendously. I have made sure to thoroughly research every trip.

Here are 15 travel tips to make traveling with asthma easier. These tips are my personal travel experiences and should not be considered medical advice.

You can find my tips for traveling with eczema if you have asthma or eczema (like me). )

1. See your GP before going

Like most medical conditions you should consult your GP before taking a major trip.

Your GP will help you to identify triggers and warn you if there are any triggers near your destination. They can also help you create an asthma plan. You’ll be prepared for any travels and will know what to do if you have asthma.

Your GP can also ensure that you have enough prescription medication to last the duration of your trip.

2: Make sure you have an asthma plan in place

A plan for asthma will help you know what to do when you feel you are having trouble breathing.

You should have different stages based on peak flow readings and different situations in order to manage your asthma.

3: Research your destination

The majority of triggers are environmental. Do your research on the destination to find out what you should be concerned about.

Bad asthma can be caused by extreme weather conditions. You can make your asthma worse by booking accommodation with air conditioning if you live in hot areas. Cold temperatures can be a problem, so make sure to pack lots of layers and keep your chest warm. Always wear a scarf.

As well as weather conditions, altitude can make asthmatics suffer. If you are planning to visit any mountainside areas, be aware of these things.

Air pollution is another thing to think about. There are some places that have so much air pollution that even people without asthma may have difficulty breathing. It might be worthwhile to avoid places with notoriously high levels of air pollution.

4: Always book non-smoking rooms

Although smoking is prohibited in many countries, some locations still allow smoking.

Before you book, make sure that the room is not a smoking one. Smoke can trigger asthma attacks.

5. Call ahead to inform your hotel about your asthma

Before you leave, it is worth calling your hotel/hostel/Airbnb to inform them of your asthma.

Let your doctor know if you have asthma triggers such as pet hair or dust. They will be able make arrangements to ensure that your home is clean and pet-free before you arrive.

6: Book pet-free accommodation

As an asthmatic, I am allergic to pet hairs. I have booked accommodation with pets and been left puffy-faced throughout the trip.

Check the listing to see if it says “pet-friendly” when you book accommodation for your trip, especially Airbnb. Avoid pet hairs that can worsen asthma.

7: Find the closest medical facilities

Consider where the closest medical facilities are when you book your accommodation. There are many situations in which you may need medical attention for asthma.

If your asthma becomes severe, you may panic. Panicking can make it difficult to think clearly.

You can research the closest medical facilities ahead of time so you know what to do in case the worst happens.

8 – Bring all your essentials

You can bring anything your doctor has ordered, whether you only have an inhaler or you take nightly antihistamines or steroids. It is better to have them all than not need them.

9: Keep all your asthma medication in your carry on luggage

Although lost luggage is not a common occurrence, it could happen. Keep all your medication for asthma in your luggage. You’ll be able to take everything on board in case your asthma worsens due to the air conditioning.

10: Consider Natural Remedies For Your Asthma

It is a good idea not only to take your medication but also to look into natural remedies for asthma. Many natural anti-inflammatory products can be used to reduce irritation and inflammation of the airways.

I was skeptical about natural remedies at first, but I finally gave them a try. Deep breathing exercises have helped me control my asthma. I also found that steam baths help with wheezing.

Recently, I have also tried natural products. Eucalyptus oil helped me overcome asthma attacks and I would not travel without it.

Some herbs may also be helpful in relieving asthma symptoms. Ginger and garlic, for example, have anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric can also act as an antihistamine.

Although natural remedies are not meant to replace your medication, they can be useful add-ons. If they can help with your breathing, they might be worth looking into. It is possible to find natural remedies in many stores all over the globe, which can make them especially useful for travelers.

11. Keep an asthma attack card

Millions are affected by asthma, but not everyone can recognize an attack. Keep an asthma attack card handy so that you can show someone or keep it in your wallet/purse in case of emergency.

12: Get a copy your prescriptions and add your name to it

If you have lost your asthma medication, you can always take a copy with you. You can always obtain more prescriptions from a medical facility near your destination.

13: Get travel insurance

As an asthmatic, you are more likely to need medical assistance while traveling. You don’t want to end up with a large medical bill after you have sought help.

Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any medical expenses.

14: Make your pillows

It is worth investing in your own pillows if you are allergic to certain pillows or dust. It’s impossible to predict what pillow types or age will be found at your accommodation. By making your own pillows, you can eliminate the possibility of being awakened throughout the night to use your inhaler.

15: Book only excursions that suit your fitness level

You want to make the most out of your travels and include as many experiences as possible. When booking days or excursions, don’t push yourself too hard.

Asthma triggers can include physical activity. If you go on an adventure that makes your asthma worse, you will never know how difficult it will be for you to get medical help.

Let’s sum it up…

While traveling with asthma can require some planning and extra caution, it is really just about being smart.

Avoid triggers whenever possible and make sure you have a plan so that you are prepared in the event of an emergency. You don’t have to be a smart travel planner in order to see the world and take advantage of every opportunity.

Click here to learn more about traveling with eczema if you have asthma or eczema.

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