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Travel Tips for Those With Allergies

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Travel Tips for Those With Allergies

If you have life-threatening allergies, take note of these tips when preparing for travel.

Summer travel season is upon us, and it seems like everyone is planning a trip of some sort. However, a recent survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid showed that many Canadians with allergies who are at risk of anaphylaxis do not take sufficient precautionary steps when travelling.

For those with allergies, travelling can be a concern because it changes their typical routine and may subject them to allergens in sources and places they are not expecting, so it is essential to be prepared. A whopping 40 percent of the adults polled said that they were not very concerned or not at all concerned about travelling with a life-threatening allergy. If you’re one of those Canadians, it may be time to get prepared.

Travel tips for those with life-threatening allergies

  • Make sure you have your epinephrine auto-injector with you and it is not expired.
  • If you’re flying, check with the airline to see their allergy policy. You can also ask about the food served in flight or in the airports.
  • Always be cautious and aware of your surroundings; look at what others are eating and what foods are being served around you, and take appropriate steps based on your specific allergy and situation.
  • If you’re flying, it’s recommended to inform a flight attendant of your allergy, including important details such as where you keep your epinephrine auto-injector.
  • Research emergency services and hospitals, as well as allergy-friendly eateries at your destination.
  • Carry emergency instructions and contact information with you.

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