Holiday Tips for People with Asthma & Allergies

26 Jun 2014
Girl Sneezing & Reading Asthma & Hayfever Information Booklet

To help the thousands who will holiday at home or abroad avoid any complications this summer, the Asthma Society has issued advice and a holiday checklist, to help people control their asthma and allergies and have an enjoyable holiday. 

We have also launched a pollen tracker so that those with asthma and allergies can view the daily forecast for their province. The pollen levels range from low, moderate, high to very high. The pollen tracker is available on the website until mid November and is supported by Dyson.

Plan Ahead

If holidays are planned at home checking the daily pollen forecast can be an effective tool in helping to control your hay fever.

Planning ahead is particularly important where the holiday involves a foreign country. While most asthma and allergy triggers can be difficult to completely avoid, with the correct precautions the impact on health can be limited, allowing for an enjoyable holiday.

Ms. Guiney commented further “However a GP visit provides an opportunity to have your treatment reviewed and discuss a management plan so you know how to manage your asthma on a day to day basis and how to deal with an emergency situation. A letter from him/her outlining the diagnosis and treatment may be useful in advising local physicians in the event of an attack. Regular preventative treatment should help to avoid most problems. Stepping down treatment before holidays should be avoided.”

Holiday Checklist

  • Make sure that you have travel insurance and check that your policy will cover asthma.

  • If you are travelling in Europe, make sure you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), visit www.ehic.ie for further info and to apply for a card.

  • Before you leave find out where the nearest doctor, hospital and ambulance service is located.

  • Carry a letter from your GP that can be used by medical practitioners in case of emergency.

  • Take enough medication (inhalers, tablets and emergency medicines) to last the duration of your holiday and ensure that any medication you bring on your holiday is in date.

  • Take all your asthma medication with you as hand luggage so its within easy reach if needed, but please check with your airline in advance of flying in case of security restrictions.

  • If you are travelling with children with asthma pack a children’s spacer and make sure that it is within reach when travelling, along with all appropriate medication

  • If you have a severe allergy (anaphylaxis),  carry two adrenaline injector pens with you.  If you need to administer adrenalin in the case of an anaphylactic emergency seek immediate medical attention afterwards.

  • Ensure that you have an Asthma Attack Card and that you know what to do in case of an emergency. 

  • Check the pollen forecast for your destination: if you  are travelling in Europe, visit www.polleninfo.org

  • If you are taking part in any extreme sports, you may require a medical examination.

For daily pollen forecast view the Pollen Tracker and for further information on asthma and allergies dowload our booklet 'Asthma & Allergic Rhinitis'.  To speak confidentially to an asthma specialist nurse, call our Asthma Adviceline on 1850 44 54 64 or email nurse@asthma.ie