Summer is the time to enjoy new sights and scenery as you head out for a road trip or board a plane for exciting new destinations. If you are an allergy sufferer, however, travel is not always easy.
People with environmental allergies may be nervous to venture out to new locations for fear of reactions to pollen or mold in the area. Those with food allergies may be nervous about having to eat out repeatedly rather than cooking their own food in the comfort of their kitchen. But there are ways to minimize allergy risks while traveling.
Here are a few tips for enjoying your vacation without the burden of allergies:
- Visit an area with a low pollen count. If you react to airborne allergens, avoid places like Kentucky or Southern Indiana where tree pollen counts are lower during summer but grass and mold pollen counts are very high. People with asthma should refrain from visiting places where humidity rises during summer.
- Pack your inhalers, asthma drugs, antihistamines, and other allergy medications.
- Consider visiting a beach, where pollen counts are generally lower, rather than verdant state parks.
- Check out the food allergy policies of the airline you will be taking, the hotels you will be staying in, and the restaurants you plan to eat at.
- People with pet or tobacco allergies should book a smoke-free and pet-free hotel room.
- If you are traveling to another country where English is not spoken, learn how to communicate your allergies as needed in the local language. For example, be prepared to explain to waiters in restaurants what foods you cannot eat.
- If you have food allergies, find an accommodation that will allow you to cook your own meals.
- Be prepared for any emergency by getting familiar with the quickest route to the nearest hospital.
Valley of the Sun residents can prepare for vacation by going to a Phoenix sublingual allergy immunotherapy clinic. Sublingual immunotherapy works a lot like allergy shots except that it can be taken on the go as oral drops (rather than as injections that have to be administered at the doctor’s office).
You can dispense your allergy drops daily under the tongue, then tuck the dropper bottle away in your travel bag before you venture out again. If you are flying, the drops comply with TSA requirements for carry-on luggage liquids.