Everyone loves to travel, including asthmatic patients. But there are severe risks involved in travelling around. Risks can include changes in temperature and weather. It can also be in a situation where one becomes careless to apply medication while on holiday. Also, the hotel room they lodged may be infested with fungal spores and dust mite in the carpet or furniture.
This, however, should not stop them from travelling to new places. With proper medical care and attention to instructions, asthmatic patients can comfortably travel without facing any health challenge.
We shall look at tips which people suffering from asthma should adhere to while on a far journey.
Here they are:
a). Recognize Asthma Symptoms
Patients should look out for asthma symptoms and pay attention to them to know if those symptoms are gaining more strength. Asthma attacks could result to acute pains in the chest, severe coughing, and a reduced breathing.
In the event that symptoms get worse, it may be ideal and very helpful to look for a clinician in the place where the patient will be visiting. Also, medical experts, especially pharmacists suggest that patients should inform whoever is travelling with them about how they can help in case symptoms erupts again. This measure can help the patients to stay far from being admitted in the emergency ward. According to statistics, just 6% adults are taught how to identify asthma symptoms whenever they show up.
b). Consider Skipping the Pool
Several chemicals including chlorine could worsen the symptom of asthma, so patients should make effort to avoid the pool if there is no proper ventilation around the area or if the water has a strong chemical smell.
c). Review Asthma Triggers
Well trained pharmacists have the ability to help patients review factors that trigger asthma and fashion out ways on how to avoid them. The top factors that triggers asthma include outdoor air pollution, tobacco smoke, dust mites, mold, smoke from burning wood, and cockroaches.
It is, however, ideal for patients to loom for hotel areas that are smoke-free, or places where tobacco smoking is highly prohibited.
Also, for patients with pollen sensitivity, it will be helpful if they stay away from areas affected at peak pollen season. For those who are highly allergic to dust, they should go with dust-impermeable mattress and pillow cover for the journey.
For asthmatic patients who are visiting a friend’s house, they should make inquiries ahead of time to know if there are pets and smoke around the premises. In the event these triggers exist, then patients can look for preventive measures or another accommodation so as not to be affected by those triggers.
d). Prepare for any Change in Temperature
Normally, changes in temperature affects asthmatic patients adversely. Due to this challenge, it is advised that patients who find themselves in a hot weathered region should always remain indoors, while patients in areas that are too cold should cover up some essential parts of their bodies like their mouth and nose, especially as the weather becomes colder and drier.
e). Be Regular on Immunizations and Avoid Infections
Pharmacists should try to remind asthmatic patients to get vaccine flu every year, and also fashion out ways to guard against any possible respiratory infections; most importantly in frequently washing their hands.
f). Travel With your Asthma Travel Kit
It is in the place of pharmacists to advice patients to ensure they have every necessary rescue medications and asthma controllers that is needed for every trip they embark on. Patients who are travelling by air should ensure they always go with travel kit, just in case of any emergency.