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How can I prevent asthma while traveling?

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To prevent allergic asthma when you travel:

  • Pack your asthma drugs in your carry-on bag. Include an inhaler and antihistamines.
  • Bring an extra bronchodilator and asthma inhaler in case you need them.
  • Ask for a nonsmoking room.
  • Remove feather pillows and ask for synthetic, nonallergenic pillows. Or bring a plastic pillow cover from home.
  • If possible, keep the vent on the room air conditioner shut.

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

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