Healthy Traveling With Allergies
by Amy Scholten, MPH
Your vacation has finally arrived! Now is the chance to get away from it all. Unfortunately, you cannot take a vacation from your allergies.
If you travel, be aware of allergy flares. They can happen due to a change in climate, pollen levels, and places to stay. You cannot allergy-proof your vacation. However, you can take steps to reduce the effects of allergies.
Before You Leave
Research where and when you want to take your vacation. Choose a time and place that will not make your allergies worse. Consider these tips:
No matter how you travel, you can reduce your exposure to allergens.
Traveling by Car
Follow these steps can make your car allergy-friendly:
Traveling by Plane
These steps can help if you are traveling by plane:
At the Hotel
Hotels may have dust mites and molds. They can live in the carpet, bedding, and upholstered furniture. To reduce your risk of these irritants in your room:
At Your Destination
Try to have a flexible schedule that considers your allergies. On some days, you may have to change your plans. It depends on your symptoms. Keep track of the local pollen count. When pollen counts are high, consider an indoor activity. For example, you could go to an art museum or visit a historical building. Ask the hotel’s concierge for some ideas.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Public Health Agency of Canada
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Last reviewed October 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 10/27/2021
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