Some travellers find their symptoms
improve during travel, perhaps related to less allergens or to climate
differences. Others find symptoms worsen for similar reasons and sometimes
from the stress of travel. Whatever the case planning in advance can help
you to adjust to your new surroundings.
Make sure your insurance covers you
for costs related to pre-existing asthma.
It's important that your asthma is
under control before you leave home. If you don't already know, ask your
doctor how to handle your asthma if it deteriorates during your trip.
A written report from you doctor
Ask your doctor for a report to include
your medical history, the severity of your condition and what treatment
you need in case of medical attention. Carry this document with you at
all times in case of an emergency so that you can show it to those looking
after you. You might need to present your doctor's report to international
customs officials if they question your medication.
Take a little more medication than
you think you'll need, just in case and always keep a supply of your medication
with you in your carry bag
Consider taking a prescription in case
you lose all or some of your supplies and take copies of your prescriptions
with you to prove the medicine is for your own personal use.
A spacer device is cheap and portable
and is usually a better choice for travelling than a nebuliser. If you
need a nebuliser pump remember voltages may be different (240V or 110V)
and power point sockets vary so take an appropriate adaptor. You will need
to make prior arrangements with the airline if you need to use your nebuliser
on board the aircraft. Alternatively, you can use a foot-powered nebuliser
or one that is operated by sealed dry cell battery. Make sure you understand
how to use any unfamiliar equipment before you leave.
If your asthma is normally well controlled,
you should be able to go sightseeing, trekking, swimming and generally
enjoy any other leisure activity you wish. If your asthma is manageable
at sea level, then you should have no problems in areas of higher altitude.
Remember, scuba diving is dangerous for a person with asthma and should
Temperature changes and sudden exposure
to cold and dry air can bring on asthma symptoms. Air pollution can be
very severe in cities where there are no controls over petrol and diesel
exhausts – this is common in the Far East.
source: Scottish NHS www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/General/