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Allergies Health Center

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Tips to Manage Allergies While Traveling

Here are 11 ways to ease allergies on the road.
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Try these tips for allergy relief when you’re on vacation or traveling on business.

Travel Insurance: Check pollen counts at your destination. Pack your own hypoallergenic pillow cover and allergy medicine in a carry-on bag.

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No Venting: On road trips, keep the air vent closed. You'll breathe recirculated air, not pollen or pollution.

Smart Car: Take a vacuum to your car. Pollen and dust mites can easily cling to clothing, bringing more allergens into your home.

Cruise Control: If pollen is a problem, plan getaways to escape allergens. Beachside vacations are ideal. Ever considered a cruise?

On The Road Again: Traveling? Pack medications in a carry-on bag. Carry an extra supply in case you need them.

Hotel Security: Control allergens in your hotel room as much as possible. If you can, close your air conditioner vent.

Trip Tip: Don't lose track of medications. If you need to take them on schedule, set your cell phone's alarm clock -- or your watch.

Saline Saves Sinuses: Long flights can dry sinuses, but saline spray restores moisture, providing allergy relief. Use spray once an hour.

Special Effects: Making hotel arrangements? Ask for a nonsmoking room. It's your best defense for a good night's sleep.

Weight a Minute: When pollen or pollution is bad, head for the hotel gym. Weight training benefits muscle, bones, the heart, and weight.

Pillows Matter: If your hotel room has feather pillows, ask for synthetic, hypoallergenic pillows. Or bring your own plastic cover from home.

Reviewed on July 08, 2008

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