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Traveling with Asthma

Summer, the season of vacation, is here. But this summer is a little different than what we’re all used to. This year, we’re experiencing a pandemic that has affected almost every area of life.

Even so, you don’t necessarily have to give up all travel. Here’s what you need to know about traveling this season, especially if you have asthma.

Our expert providers at ALON Family Health provide both asthma care and travel care. Currently we offer video visits, and as you consider travel, we encourage you to schedule a telehealth appointment for advice tailored to your specific situation. 

COVID-19 and asthma

Before you make any plans to travel, you should understand your personal risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that if you have moderate to severe asthma, you have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. 

Given your increased risk of becoming very ill if you contract the virus, you may choose to postpone travel. Of course, sometimes that’s not possible. If you find yourself in a situation where you must travel, there are some steps you can take to lessen your risk. 

Protect yourself

First, you should have the supplies to treat your asthma with you. If you take medications, ensure you have enough, and if you use an inhaler, carry one that’s full and accessible. 

Follow careful hand hygiene guidelines, washing your hands often and for at least 20 seconds. Wearing a mask and keeping a physical distance between yourself and others may also provide some protection. 

Other tips for traveling with asthma

The pandemic does change things somewhat when it comes to travel, but even during less challenging times, there are some things that you should know about traveling with asthma. 

For example, if you have allergic asthma, your triggers may include common allergens like dust mites or pollen. 

When you travel, you don’t always know what triggers you’re likely to encounter. Before you travel, take a close look at your treatment plan. Have a written treatment plan to refer to in the case of a severe attack. That way, you and everyone around you knows exactly what to do. 

Choose your destination with your triggers in mind. For example, if pollution is a trigger, avoid major metropolitan areas. 

Double-check what’s allowed if you’re flying, traveling by train, or taking a bus. If you’re allergic to pet dander and pets are allowed, you may want to consider a different mode of transportation. 

Know where to get emergency care at your destination. Right now, many health care facilities have altered their policies regarding how and when you can access care. It’s worth making a few calls so you understand where and how you can access emergency care if you need it. 

Consider taking along dust mite-proof bedding. It’s generally inexpensive and available, and if dust mites are one of your triggers, the bedding could prevent an attack. 

Finally, before you leave, schedule an appointment with us at ALON Family Health, so we can offer guidance based on your personal medical history. Book an appointment using our online system, or call us at 210-384-1195 and we’ll be happy to help.

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