Special Travelers: Asthma

Special Travelers: Asthma

Practically no contra-indications exist for people with asthma. Even if your condition is serious, it should not keep you from travelling. You must simply meet two conditions: know and understand your own body and its reactions, and follow to the letter your doctor’s prescriptions. Your asthma must be perfectly controlled before travelling; Make an appointment with your doctor one week before your departure. This allows enough time to adjust to a possible treatment change relative to your trip.

Choosing a holiday

Asthma can trigger many causes. Therefore, you need to choose your destination carefully. Some asthma patients may be affected by temperature changes. At the same time, the moisture level of air is one of the factors affecting asthma. If your asthma is triggered by colds, low temperatures at high altitudes can be a problem for you. People who trigger asthma with exercise can also elevate their asthma in high altitudes.

Pollen is a serious problem for asthma patients. Pollens may increase in a different season in each country. For this reason, you should find out if the level of pollen is low and plan accordingly.

Make sure that the physical activities you do during your vacation are not enough to force you. Avoid extreme sports as far away from extreme sports as possible.

Before your trip

In addition to every traveller’s indispensable medical kit, take enough of your habitual treatment with you and plan additional rations as well. Ask your doctor for medication in case of possible aggravations. He/she can also prescribe antibiotics that you can take with you, especially if you are travelling to countries where the pharmacies have few provisions. Be careful! All self-administered medication is dangerous and should be kept for emergencies when it’s impossible to have an immediate opinion from a medical professional.

Travellers with asthma must always travel with their normal spray. Knowing and controlling use of a flow meter allows you to anticipate problems in many cases.