Asthma can highly reduce the quality of life of an individual as it is associated with disability. It is defined as a long term reduction in the ability to do daily activities. Patients with asthma experience limitations in doing daily activities such as attending school, traveling or participating in any sports activity. The burden of asthma is significant and can be felt in many levels including personal, family and societal.
Asthma is a common but complex and chronic respiratory condition. It is a problem worldwide affecting millions of people. It is a disease of the pulmonary airways that is characterized by problems getting air in and out of the lungs. Asthma affects the airways of the lungs and airways are the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. It is accompanied by inflammation. Inflammation leads to the secretion of mucus and it also causes the muscles that are in and out of the airways to become tight. The swelling, mucus and tight muscles lead to the narrowing of airways which makes it difficult for the air to get in and out of the lungs.
Some of the symptoms of asthma include:
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Shortness of breath
- Tightening of chest
- Difficulty in breathing
Some of the common asthma triggers are as follows:
Triggers are something that can make asthma worse by irritating the airways. Here is a list of some of the triggers that can affect an asthmatic patient.
- Cigarette smoke
- Dust mites
- Outdoor air pollution
- Indoor mold
- Change in weather
- Strong emotions
Whenever an asthma patient travels, he or she is required to maintain a good management of asthma. A chronic condition like asthma requires a proper attention. Whether you are traveling solo or for a family trip, you can manage a good management of asthma by taking care of some important things.
1. Visit your doctor before you travel
Regular follow up with doctors are an important part of asthma care but prior to taking a trip, visiting a doctor is extremely important. It is necessary to ensure that your asthma is under good condition before you leave. Your doctor will tell you how well your asthma is controlled by you and will also whether your lungs are working well or not.
Ask your doctor to prepare a report of your medical history and the condition of your asthma so that in case you need an emergency during your trip, you can use that document. Always carry a medical document whenever you travel.
Also, understand how to recognize and respond to worsening symptoms. Always keep a contact information of your doctor in order to avoid an emergency visit. You can research regarding the local clinic near the area you will be visiting.
2. Pack a travel kit
Packing for the trip is one of the most important things you have to do before leaving. You have to ensure that you do not forget anything and are ready to leave. An asthma patient should always pack a separate asthma travel kit and should ensure that you pack all your medications with their original label on.
Make sure that you have more than enough medication to last the duration of the trip. Also, carry nebulizers and all the other equipment you regularly rely on. Carry all your medications in your handbag so that you can use them without any inconvenience in case of an emergency.
In order to manage asthma, it is essential to book a hotel that does not trigger the symptoms and is safe for you. Asthma patients should consider booking a smoke-free hotel room or try booking a hotel that does not permit smoking at all. When you make a hotel reservation, ask for allergy-free rooms. If you are allergic to pets then you have to be extra careful while booking a hotel. Nowadays most of the hotels are becoming pet-friendly and you have to ask for pet-free room while booking a hotel. Consider taking a mask to wear during the flu outbreaks and when you are near the animals or any other allergen that can irritate you.
4. Stay away from tobacco smoke
Tobacco smoke is one of the major factors that trigger asthma and it is essential for the asthma patient to stay away from smoke while traveling. Do not smoke and also, do not allow anyone near you to smoke. Smoking is the most common trigger and can worsen the condition and symptoms to a great extent. Tobacco smoking is toxic to the lungs and the lungs of asthma patients are very sensitive and can be affected even by staying near the person to smoke.
Management of asthma is very important and when an asthmatic patient travels, the management becomes more important. Share this post with your family and friends and create awareness. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!!