Tips and Tools: Traveling with allergies

If you have allergies, you may have had the experience of traveling and suffering from allergies even though it was not allergy season at home. If you are traveling to a place that is warmer and more humid than where you live, you may experience allergies at your travel destination.

Allergy symptoms when traveling are a concern for several reasons. Not only will you not be able to enjoy your vacation as much, you may have difficulty getting proper allergy treatment, depending on where you are.

To prevent being troubled by allergy symptoms when traveling:

  • Try to find out if it is allergy season at your destination. Call your travel agent or check international pollen forecasts that are available on various Internet weather sites.
  • Be prepared by taking medications with you. If you have to go through customs, ensure that they are in properly labeled containers.
  • When you arrive at your destination, store your medication according to its storage instructions. In general, medications should be kept in a cool, dry place. Protect them from excessive heat and humidity, which can destroy many medications.
  • If you are flying, keep your medications in your carry-on luggage. There is no temperature control in the cargo area, so medications may be damaged. If your luggage is lost, it may take some time to recover, and you would be without your medication during this time.
  • If you notice that a medicine has a strange smell, taste or look (for example, a normally clear liquid has turned cloudy), do not take it - throw it out and get a new supply.
  • Be sure that you have more than enough of your medication. It may not be available in all countries, and some countries may not have the same standards of quality for medications.

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