No matter if you’re planning a summer vacation that includes camping, road trips, or the beach, it is important to know that asthma and allergy symptoms can quickly disrupt your enjoyment. You don’t have to worry if you are one of the millions who suffer from allergies or asthma. A little preparation can make sure your vacation isn’t ruined by wheezing and sneezing.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and its member allergists, who are doctors who specialize treating asthma and allergies, have the following checklist.

Destination can make a difference. For allergy sufferers, the beach and mountains make excellent destinations all year. The ocean breezes are usually free of allergens. Dust mites are smaller at elevations higher than 2,500 feet, and mold spores cannot survive in snow.

It’s your bag! To keep your conditions under control, you might also want to pack your favorite flip-flops.

Ask your doctor. Ask your doctor for a referral. Your allergist should also discuss your destination and your activity plans before you depart.

The Home Away From Home Ask for a pet-free, non-smoking hotel room or rental car. HEPA filters are used in portable air cleaners, as well as tile, wood and seamless vinyl floors. These all reduce the risk of airborne allergens. You may want to reserve a room with a full kitchen for those who have food allergies.

– Camp bound youth. Write down your children’s allergies and asthma before they go to camp. Send your list of medications and instructions for dosing, along with an action plan and notarized authorization slip authorizing emergency treatment. Aspirin can be dangerous for children suffering from asthma. Pack medications and devices in a bag for air travel.

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