Tips for Traveling with An Asthmatic Loved One This Thanksgiving from

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Thanks to, everyone can get to grandmother’s house safe and sound this Thanksgiving season.

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By keeping the following tips from in mind, there will likely be a lot less sneezing and wheezing around the Thanksgiving table this year!

“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go!” But those woods could be filled with pine trees, grass, mold, pollen and tons of other things that can play havoc on a child’s asthma. For the over 26 million asthma sufferers here in the US, the holidays can be anything but the most wonderful time of the year. But by keeping the following tips from in mind, there will likely be a lot less sneezing and wheezing around the Thanksgiving table this year!

Travel by Car
With kids, everyone already knows that traveling by car means packing everything but the kitchen sink. There’s the favorite hypo allergic stuffed animal pal, the travel games and toys, their meds are packed… everyone is ready to go! STOP… what about the travel nebulizer? Portable nebulizers make getting treatments as easy as finding a place to sit for a few minutes - like in the back seat of a car! Most travel nebulizers also come with a DC adapter so it can be plugged directly into the car, which means not having to stop every 4 hours for treatments.

Travel by Plane
Whether it is the dry air inside the plane or perhaps the change in cabin pressure… whatever it is the air inside the plane can often trigger coughing attacks for many asthmatics. Make sure they drink lots of water while flying and have an emergency inhaler close by just in case. Sometimes a quick puff from the inhaler before takeoff is all it takes to keep those lungs wet and open.

Hotel Stays
What, there is no room at the inn, or Grandma’s house? Don’t fear - many hotels are now committed to providing safe accommodations for asthma and allergy sufferers. Hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton, Fairmont and Sheraton are some of the ones taking steps to offer hypoallergenic rooms, at least in some of their properties. But one particular chain is seems is going even further. Hyatt is offering what they call Breath Easy “PURE” Rooms at almost all their locations. For more information check out their website.

Don’t Stress the Small Stuff
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has stated that although emotional factors alone cannot cause an asthma attack; anxiety and stress can increase the intensity and aggravate other triggers that can. So in other words, the best way to have an asthma free Thanksgiving holiday is to be as prepared as you can be, have meds in hand and then… RELAX and enjoy and being with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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