Traveling with Asthma

You’ve just reached a destination that looks like this:

The Green.
The Green.

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So you go jumping about and dancing because who sees such sights in the city?! And when you least expect it, your breath starts to sound like a vacuum cleaner and you feel like you’re breathing through a straw. A straw underwater.
That, dear readers, is how asthma feels like. Asthma is not an easy disorder to love with, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of your travels and life. If you love to travel but are petrified of asthma attacks, follows these tips for a much calmer holiday.

 1. Prep yourself
This one simple step can save you a lot of trouble. Find  out about the weather conditions at your destination. Prepare suitable necessities accordingly. For example, if it’s spring and there are going to be a lot of flowers, good luck, mate. Altitude Sickness is common among those who have asthma. So, you must visit the doctor, get a clean bill of health and carry the required medication before making a trip to any place with a much more extreme climatic condition. Your vaccinations, immunisations and all other requirements must be up to date before the travel.
Mountains
*deep breaths*

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 2. Carry ALL your inhalers
Every single one of of them. Got the green one? Got the blue one? The white one with the weird cap? Accommodate all your inhalers in your carry-on baggage. And make sure that there are enough doses left.
Try to fit in two of each kind of inhaler, in case of theft or loss or any other mishap. Just in case, take your prescription along with you. Aerosol inhalers tend to not work in very cold temperatures, so consult your doctor about that.
Red Inhaler
The Red One,

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3. Carry a travel blanket

One of the common reasons you might get an asthma attack is because of dusty blankets. Better safe with your own, clean blanket than sorry.
Blanket
Try not to trip on it.

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 4. Adventure Sports
Most adventure sports such as bungee jumping, scuba diving, white water rafting and even laser tag is not advisable for individuals with asthma. However, if you feel you are healthy enough, make sure your inhaler is handy and take all the precautions before doing it.
The Deep Sea
The Deep Sea

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 5. Nebuliser
If asthma is very severe, some might want to carry their nebuliser. Instead of a nebuliser, a regular metered dose inhaler along with a volume spacer device works too.
If you must carry a nebuliser, consider a rechargeable battery nebuliser. It is more portable. Also, carry an adaptor so that you can use the device in other countries.
Nebuliser Bear
Nebuliser Bear
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