Discuss your travel plans
Before you depart, discuss your travel plans with your doctor or nurse to ensure that you can refill prescriptions before you leave. Your health care provider can also provide you with a letter stating your condition and what medications you need, if this could potentially be an issue at airports.
Pack your medication
It is a great idea to place your medication in a small clear bag in your carry-on luggage, so you can have it on you at all times during flights or in the case your luggage gets misplaced.
Prepare your documents for customs
If you are travelling overseas, it is important to have your letter or other documents from your Doctor or Nurse readily available for customs. These documents explain the need for your medication, so you are able to gain entry into the country with your medication.
Create an asthma action plan
To better manage your asthma or your child’s asthma, work with your doctor to prepare an Asthma Action Plan. The plans act as a quick reference which details which medications to take when you are experiencing certain symptoms, and helps prevent an asthma emergency. You can download your own plan in both English and Te Reo Māori for free on the resources tab at arfnz.org.nz.
Know your asthma first aid
In the case of an asthma emergency, it is crucial to know the steps for asthma first aid. If you are experiencing mild symptoms, treat with 2 doses of reliever inhaler. If the asthma attack is moderate or severe, take 6 doses of any reliever inhaler. Continue to use 6 doses every 6 minutes until help arrives or you are free of wheeze, cough or breathlessness. It is important to visit your nearest doctor
Check the air quality
Air pollution can be a major trigger for those with asthma and other respiratory conditions. Thankfully, most weather websites now include air pollution levels in major cities across the world. Before arriving, check the air quality levels in your destination, and if necessary use a medical grade mask to help minimise the impact of these pollutants.
Keep an eye on the pollen levels
Much like the air quality reports, you can also check out the seasonal pollen levels in your holiday destination. These reports will allow you to plan your day out better to avoid the risk of being triggered by pollen causing your asthma to flare.
Taken your own linen
If you are staying in a hotel, take your own dust mite-proof pillowcase and other linen protectors to reduce the risk of being exposed to allergens and other triggers. These encasements provide a barrier that prevents bacteria, allergens & dust mites. Visit sensitivechoice.com for more info on where to purchase these products.
Make sure your vaccines are current
If you live with asthma or allergies you may have a reduced immunity to common diseases. Before departing, make sure you have all your current vaccines for your travels.
Download the My Asthma app
However, if you prefer an electronic Asthma Action Plan, then the My Asthma App is the way to go. Even better, the information can be accessed without internet coverage which is perfect when travelling to remote locations. You can download the My Asthma app for free from Google Play and the App Store or scan the code here:
It still feels like summer, but autumn is definitely on the way. Keep yourself and those around you protected as the days get shorter with these seasonal tips.