SUMMER TRAVEL WITH
LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES: TIPS
FOR PLANNING A MEMORABLE
VACATION Wednesday, July 30, 2014 –
8:10 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. with Mark Wayne
Guest: Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., Medical Director, Allergy and Asthma Care of New York
It’s that time of year again – summer vacation! – and many families across the country are planning their next getaway. But when you or your child has potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, it may seem hard to turn those travel dreams into a reality. The good news: with some additional planning, you can plan a memorable vacation knowing you are prepared should a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) occur. From where to go, to how to get there, to what to do when you get there, Dr. Clifford Bassett, Medical Director, Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, offers some tips and best practices to consider as your vacation approaches:
· Work with a travel agent to identify allergy-friendly hotels, airlines and restaurants
· Pick accommodations that will offer you and your family control over food options and preparation
· Research your destination and make sure to know the best way to get emergency help
· Pack your EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors in original packaging, along with a copy of your anaphylaxis action plan and note from your doctor, in your carry-on bag
· In advance and during your trip, communicate clearly with airline, hotel and restaurant staff about your or your child’s food allergies
· Approximately one in 13 children in the U.S. has food allergies.
· Food allergy is a common cause of anaphylaxis, though it can also be triggered by insect stings, medications, latex or other allergens.
· The most common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, cow’s milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, wheat and soy.
· Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that has many possible triggers, may occur within minutes, even seconds, without warning and must be treated immediately with epinephrine, according to NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of National Institutes of Health) food allergy guidelines.
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