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Friday, March 15, 2013

Planning a vacation with asthma

We've been on several vacations with our three teenagers (all of whom have asthma) and you can never be too prepared.

Our nebulizer has been to Disneyland and the Grand Canyon, among other places! We pack everything, peak flow meters, nebulizer, Epi pens and all of our maintenance medication.

The problem with traveling is that you never know what trigger you may come across. Or, there may be something new that bothers you. I had an asthma attack in Disneyland, and to this day have no idea what caused it. There can be a lot of triggers for asthma-plants, animals, changes in weather, smoking, mold, etc. You need to be prepare to treat allergies and asthma and make sure you have all your medication and equipment with you.

I always check to see where the closest hospital or insta-care is located (you never know if you might need it!) I also a special out-of-state insurance card. It's helpful to check with your insurance company to see what they cover for out of state emergency care. 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has a lot of good tips on their website. They have a whole section called "Traveling with asthma"

Spring Break is coming, as is summer. Time to plan a fun trip! Just follow the tips in the Traveling with Asthma web page and make sure you are prepared. You should be able to have a fun filled life, even with asthma.

Happy traveling!

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