Airplanes and Asthma: Travel Tips

Robert Russell By Robert Russell, 5th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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People who have asthma travel by air all the time with little or nor difficulty. However, it is good to take precautions and be prepared for an emergency. Traveling by air means that you will be in confined space for an extended period of time You will be 5,000 to 8,000 feet in the air in a pressurized environment.

Preparing and Planning For a Safe Trip

(1)Consult with your doctor about your travel plans.
A good general rule of thumb for people with health issues is to seek their doctor's advice before traveling. Your doctor is in the best position to evaluate your health and to offer suggestions and tips that will make your trip more safe and comfortable. The doctor will be interested in specific details such as the duration and type of travel arrangements. An overnight or extended flight might require more precautions than a shorter flight. The doctor may be interested in the time of day you are flying as well.

(2) Pay attention to your condition.
If your asthma symptoms are managed and well controlled air travel should not present a problem. However, it is important to place your health first and adopt a thoughtful attitude for your travels. Always give priority to your health over your travel and airplane plans. Although, changing travel plans can be a hassle, and you run the risk of incurring a financial loss in some cases. However, if you are experiencing breathing difficulties before you get on the plane you may want to postpone your trip.

(3) Make a checklist all the necessary items and medications.
The list will ensure that you have everything you need. The National Institute of Health has a downloadable Asthma Action Plan. The plan is categorized into three parts, "Doing Well," "Getting Worse," and "Medical Alert." The plan provides symptoms and treatments as well as all the other necessary information and details that will get your through a medical emergency. Be sure to include medication, inhalers, and telephone numbers on the list. Double check and cross the items off of the list before heading to the airport. Seek advice from people with asthma who have flown. Hearing about other people's experiences can be both comforting and informative.

(4) It is important to know what triggers your asthma.
The dry air in the airplane's pressurized cabin will probably make your asthma symptoms worse. In making preparations for the trip anticipate particular types of problems that you may have.If you know how to recognize your asthma symptoms you will both more relaxed and better prepared.Alert the flight attendant if you think that you are having a problem.


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I play guitar professionally in a Cajun/zydeco band named Creole Stomp. We are a nationally touring band that have been together ten years. I also have a PhD in philosophy.

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author avatar Randy Duckworth
5th Nov 2011 (#)

This is a very informative and useful article! Thanks for sharing it!

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
6th Nov 2011 (#)

Spectacular asthma airplane travel health tips and advice!
:-) I am following you!

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