Allergies are so common in the UK that an estimated one in four people gets an allergy at some stage in their lives. Pollution and reduced immune systems due to over-cleaned living environments are believed to be common causes of today’s increased incidence of allergies. But managing your allergies while you are on holiday need not be difficult.
Below are some useful tips to help you enjoy your trip to the full:
- Bring at least one day’s worth of extra medication to cover you for any delays during your trip.
- Always find out where you can get local emergency treatment quickly if needed. This could mean checking out the nearest medical facilities to where you will be staying in case you have a flare up. If you have a Staysure Comprehensive policy, Personal Assistance Services will also assist before you travel, informing you of medical facilities, visas and other information about your destination.
- Make sure your travel insurance includes help to locate and deliver more of your prescription medications if they get lost or stolen. Staysure’s Comprehensive policies include this cover under Personal Assistance Services – a great help if you are in a country where you have little or no local knowledge.
- Bring a letter from your doctor stating your allergy and your medical requirements so that if you need treatment while you are away, the doctors will be clear about your allergic condition from the start.
- Consider bringing your own allergy proof sheet and pillow case. It won’t take up much space in your packing and will keep dust mites at bay.
- Carry any adrenaline and other medications you may use with you in your hand luggage, just in case you have an emergency attack during your journey.
- When boarding flights, keep your medications in their original packaging to avoid problems with customs or at security.
- If you are travelling with someone else, consider separating your medication across your bags just in case one gets lost.
- Avoid airline food as it may contain something you are allergic to. Be safe and take your own snacks with you instead.
While you’re away
- Be conscious of foreign food and let the restaurant staff know if you have a food allergy. It’s a good idea to carry with you a dietary note, explaining your restrictions in the language of the country you are visiting.
- Stay inside during peak pollen times – normally between 10am and 4pm. Don’t forget to wear a mask if necessary outside to protect you from high pollen counts.
- Avoid driving with the windows open. Use the air conditioning instead with recirculation turned on and if possible, wait ten minutes with the air conditioning switched on before you get into the car. This will remove any dust mites or mould from the upholstery.
- If you are allergic to insects, as always, avoid walking barefoot and don’t drink from cans or bottles where insects might fly inside. And remember to wear insect repellent at all times.
As with all medical conditions, you must let your insurers know if you have an allergy along with any other pre-existing medical condition you may have. This is important because if you fail to do so, your policy may be rendered invalid and any claim you make could be denied.
These tips are non-advisery and are merely meant as a general guide to avoiding problems when you go on holiday with allergies. For professional advice, please consult your doctor.
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