Tips to Manage Allergies While Traveling

Here are 11 ways to ease allergies on the road.

From the WebMD Archives

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.

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.

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on July 08, 2008

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology web site.

WebMD Medical Reference: Allergies Guide.

WebMD Medical Reference: Asthma Guide.

WebMD Feature: "Tips for Handling Allergies in School."

WebMD Feature: "Living With Chronic Allergies."

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