Sneeze-cation: Traveling with Allergies
Step one complete: your
home is protected and your family has a safe-zone from
allergies. However as the summer traveling season comes
to an end and the holiday traveling season looms in the
distant future, it is time to start thinking about the
necessary precautions to dust mite proofing your
vacation. Amid your dreams of relaxation and family fun,
don’t let memories be tainted by frustrating allergic
reactions and trips to the drug store.
If you are
traveling by car, make sure to plan ahead and treat it
first before you hit the road. Carpets, upholstery, and
ventilation systems are hot-beds for dust mites and mold
spores. It is recommended to use a mold-killing
solution, such as
Vital-Oxide, and a
denaturing agent, such as
before the trip to render the environment ‘I Spy’
friendly for your family.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
recommends closing windows and turning on the air
conditioning to the ‘do not re-circulate’ mode to lessen
your exposure to outdoor pollution. If you are extremely
sensitive, try to do the bulk of your driving in the
early morning or evening time when air quality is better
and heavy traffic is less likely.
If you are traveling by plane, there is not a wide
variety of options available for controlling the
environment of a highly regulated aircraft. Do make sure
that you pack any required allergy medications in your
carry-on in the case of lost luggage.
Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America
recommends that you take a detailed list of medications
showing refills numbers, prescribing physician, and
dosage amounts. Make sure no pill bottles are unlabeled
- you don’t want security hassling more than usual.
Another tip, for longer flights, bring your own travel
pillow. Instead of paying for one from the airline,
bring your own that has been encased with an
allergen-impermeable cover to reduce dust mite exposure.
The Allergy Store carries these unique encasing
Staying in Hotels
number of vacationers will reside in hotels or similar
accommodations and it may seem disgusting, but these
places are prime dust mite breeding grounds. The
mattresses and pillows are not encased, so millions of
the irritating creatures reside deep inside, just
waiting to make your morning miserable with itchy eyes
and a runny nose. In extreme cases the linens are not
changed or washed in proper conditions.
Now days, in the tougher economy, hotels are opting for
fewer sheet changes during your stay to and ask you to
reuse the towels save some money. More importantly, they
often neglect to wash sheets in the 130°F or hotter
water needed to effectively kill the mites and remove
the offending protein (USA Today)
reports from those working in the hospitality industry
have claimed that hotels are known to only wash the
comforter once every year at best an the decorative
pillow cases every few months.
The most effective way to combat these less than clean
conditions is to plan ahead and bring your own encasings
for pillows and mattresses. The Allergy Store
easy to use
fitted sheet-type dust mite covers that provide
protection from dust mites and other allergens. Since
the sides and top are covered, you will not be exposed
to the protein they produce.
You can also bring along your own bottle of denaturing
ADS or ADMS) to treat the carpet, bed, and
window covers. Double check that you comply with airline
regulations if you’re flying and safely stow it in your
checked baggage or transfer to 3 fl oz spray bottle.
To further protect yourself, ask for a non-smoking,
pet-free room and get the bed sizes so you’ll have the
correct cover. AAAI recommends that if you are sensitive
to mold, ask for rooms away from indoor pools - the
closest rooms have more moisture in their walls and