Ahhh, the beach....what a GREAT vacation!!
It seemed like most of the work was getting ready for the trip. If you have allergies and asthma, it's REALLY important to plan ahead.
We made sure we had:
- Maintenance medication
- Allergy medicine
- Epi Pens
- Out of state coverage insurance cards
- Location of closest Instacare/Hospital to our location
- Nebulizer and tubing kits
- Nebulizer medicine
You just never know when an asthma attack may happen. Sometimes when you are traveling, you may experience new plants/animals/etc that can trigger allergy or asthma problems.
I remember asking Asthma Doc if there was anyplace safe to live for people with asthma. He told us that no matter where you live, you may run into something that can cause problems for allergies and asthma. Awww....I was hoping he would say we should move to Hawaii!!
Our best bet is to just be careful of what's around us. We make sure we take our allergy medicine every day (our allergies are so severe, that we take allergy medicine year round. ) Some people are lucky and only need allergy medicine in the spring or fall.
We also make sure everyone is taking their asthma maintenance medication. If your doctor has prescribed it for you, it's important that you take it EVERY day, not just when you get sick. If you wait until you are sick to start on it, it may be too late. We had that problem once, because Son #2 wasn't taking his controller medication and had swelling in his lungs (we didn't realize it at the time), then he caught a cold on top of that-which turned into pneumonia and resulted in a 3 day stay in the hospital. We never made that mistake again!
From then on, we learned to make sure he takes his maintenance (or controller) medication EVERY day!! It helps keep the swelling down in his lungs.
If you have a vacation planned this summer, make sure you pack all your allergy and asthma medicine....just in case. And have a fun time relaxing!