What You Should Know About Traveling and Allergies

Summer is the most popular time of year to travel. If you have a vacation booked, you might be excited about everything you have planned at your destination. But take a moment to consider what allergy symptoms you might experience on your travels. You can’t eliminate all allergens during your upcoming summer vacation, but there are options for reducing your exposure and building immunity to keep your symptoms at bay.

Summer Vacation Allergies

In some instances, going on vacation improves allergy symptoms. This is most likely the case if you’re allergic to grass or weed pollen, and your travels take you out of your pollen exposure. Allergies can also decrease while traveling if you’re allergic to a dog or cat at home.

However, summer vacation may also exacerbate your allergies. You might leave one environment where spring pollination is over, only to vacation in a place where pollen season is still in full swing. You’re also likely to spend more time outside during your travels, which can lead to increased allergen exposure.

The hotel, lake home, shore house or other lodging you stay at also matters. Vacation accommodations are often breeding grounds for mold, and levels are highest during the hot, humid summer.

Reduce Your Exposure to Summer Vacation Allergies

The trick to avoiding the allergens that trigger your unpleasant symptoms is to have allergy skin testing performed. Then, you can take sidestep your specific triggers on vacation. Here’s how:

  • Time your travels to avoid pollen season. For instance, if you travel from your home in Philadelphia to the South in late spring or early summer, you miss the tail end of spring pollination.
  • Reduce your time outside when pollen counts are high. Check the local pollen forecast each morning. If the type of pollen you’re allergic to is high that day, opt for indoor museums and tours. Save outdoor ventures for days with lower pollen counts.
  • Be picky about where you stay. Mold can grow anywhere with sufficient moisture and warmth, making shore houses and hotel rooms near the pool especially problematic. Pay attention when you walk through the door. If it smells musty, don’t stay there.
  • Bring your own hypoallergenic bedding. Mattresses and pillows are havens for dust mites, mold and other allergens. Bring your own airtight mattress cover and hypoallergenic pillowcases to reduce your exposure.

Build Immunity to Allergens Before You Travel

In addition to discovering what you’re allergic to with skin testing, you can also undergo immunotherapy to help your body better tolerate exposure to allergens. This treatment can help curb severe symptoms so you can enjoy your travels. Strive to begin immunotherapy three to six months before your vacation to give the treatment time to start working.

Seeing an allergist before your summer trip could be the best decision you ever make! To learn more about finding relief from your symptoms, please contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . We have locations in Philadelphia, Collegeville, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, Blue Bell, King of Prussia and Jenkintown where you can schedule an appointment.