If you have allergies and are traveling, allergy specialists recommend taking certain precautions when visiting another locale. No matter what allergies you have, being in a new place can throw your avoidance strategies out of balance.
After all, it may be hard to find information about allergens in the area. If you’re traveling outside the U.S., allergy awareness may not be a top priority in the country you’re visiting – so you have to be proactive to protect your health.
That said, you don’t need to put your life on hold because of allergies. Let’s talk about some travel tips from an allergy specialist so you can enjoy traveling, and where you can go in Northeast Illinois for world-class medical care to take control of your allergies.
Tips for Traveling with Allergies
You can keep your allergies under control when traveling, as long as you keep these things in mind:
Tip #1: Do Your Research About Allergens at Your Destination
It is important to know exactly what you are allergic to, so you can avoid your triggers everywhere you go. If you have environmental allergies, find out what allergens are prevalent in that locale during that time of year, and also the air quality.
If you have other allergies, find out whether the allergens are prevalent where you’re going. Are there stinging insects in the area? Is the accommodation maintained well, and cleansed of dust and mold regularly?
The hotel, inn, or resort where you are staying at may allow guests to bring their pets – so if you are allergic to pet dander, it is best to call ahead and check. The place may offer rooms where they do not allow pets to stay, and that is where you would want to be.
If you have an allergy to a certain food, find out about the popular dishes and snacks that are served in the area to which you’re traveling. Be sure to avoid those foods where your allergen may possibly be mixed in because foods that are served outside of the United States do not necessarily have to reveal precise nutritional information.
Tip #2: Bring Your Medication
Pack your allergy medication in your bag at all times. If you are traveling internationally, find out the equivalent of the medication in the country where you are visiting.
If you suffer from severe allergic reactions or if you have food allergies, do not forget the EpiPen. You should know how to use the EpiPen or have instructions written out on your medical ID bracelet.
Tip #3: Wear a Medical ID Bracelet
If you have a severe allergy, such as to peanuts or shellfish, a medical bracelet can clearly communicate your allergies to other people in case you have a reaction – and this is especially helpful for medical personnel who may be suddenly treating you. Your medical ID bracelet should include your name, allergies, emergency contact information, and treatment(s) you are taking for the allergy.
When dining out, tell your server about any foods you are allergic to. Explain that you cannot eat anything that may include that as an ingredient.
Tip #4: See an Allergy Specialist Before Your Trip
Every allergy sufferer should visit their allergy specialist before traveling. Allergy doctors can help you plan for your trip, so you can cover all the bases – and, as much as possible, prevent an allergic reaction and have an enjoyable trip.
Allergy Specialist in Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Naperville, and Plainfield
Our experienced allergy specialists at Oak Brook Allergists are committed to helping our patients live fun and fulfilling lives despite their allergies. We understand how allergies can limit your activities, and we know how to remove barriers to the activities that bring you joy. We treat both adult and pediatric patients, so we can serve the whole family.
Let us help you plan for a safe and healthy trip. To schedule an appointment with one of our allergists, call our allergy clinic today at (630) 574-0460 or use our convenient appointment request form. We look forward to helping you enjoy all the sights and sounds of the world without letting allergies get in the way!