Holiday Tips for People with Asthma and Allergies

Holiday written in sand

The Asthma Society of Ireland want everyone to enjoy their well deserved holidays instead of struggling with their asthma or hay fever. They have come up with a checklist to help prepare for the summer holidays

The Asthma Society of Ireland is appealing to asthmatics going on holiday to prepare and ensure their asthma is well controlled. Up to 80% of asthma sufferers also have hay fever, it is important to get both your allergies and asthma under control to have an enjoyable holiday.

The Asthma Society encourages planning ahead to limit contact with triggers when on holidays. We have a live pollen tracker which is available until the end of September. It is updated daily with 4 grades of pollen levels and provides information for the 4 provinces. It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/asi-pollen and is kindly supported by Dyson and GSK. If holidaying abroad, check the local pollen forecast there to be properly prepared.

Father and daughter at the beach

Holiday Tips for People with Asthma and Allergies

  • Ensure you have travel insurance and check that your policy will cover asthma

  • If travelling in Europe, have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you don’t have one, you can apply here

  • Before you leave, locate the nearest pharmacy, doctor, hospital and ambulance service to you

  • Visit your GP to update your Asthma Action Plan and ask for a letter that could be used by other medical practitioners in case of emergency

  • Take sufficient quantities of inhalers, tablets and emergency medicines to last the duration of your holiday and ensure that all medication you bring is in date for the duration.

  • Take your asthma medication with you as hand luggage after checking with your airline in advance that it is ok to do so.

  • Bring spacers: - Spacers make aerosol inhalers easier to use and are useful for both adults and children in emergency situations  - If travelling with children with asthma, ensure that you pack a children’s spacer that can be easily accessed with all appropriate medication

  • For those patients with anaphylaxis, adhere to current medical advice and carry two pens with you. Patients should seek immediate medical attention following administration

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

  • Download the 5 Step Rule to your phone so it is easily accessible

  • Check the pollen forecast for the country you are holidaying in: - Europe: www.polleninfo.org  - Ireland: https://tinyurl.com/asi-pollen

  • If you intend to take part in sporting activities, you may require a medical examination. Download ‘Reach Your Peak’ booklet for information on sports and exercise

 

Add this checklist to our tips on reducing hay fever and asthma symptoms during  the summer.

If you want advice on any of the above or just on asthma in general, Freephone our Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64.