Is there any more classic summer fun than hitting the open road with your family or friends to visit The Historic Charleston City Market? Well, if you have allergies, you may be concerned about managing symptoms while on your road trip. Below we provide tips to help you breathe better while traveling.
Wash Your Accessories
If you’re bringing travel accessories or bedding that has been in storage, be sure to give it a thorough wash before packing it in your car. Dust mites are a common trigger for allergies, and the last thing you want is to be stuck in an enclosed space with them.
Peak pollen time is in the later afternoon, so try to leave early – ideally before 10:00 a.m. – or however early it takes to get you to your destination before there’s a bunch of pollen in the air. You can check your local forecast to see the pollen concentrations in the area you’re traveling to.
Run the Air Conditioning
It may be tempting to roll down your windows and get some fresh air while driving, but doing so could let in all sorts of allergens. If you’re traveling far, you may even be introduced to new allergens you didn’t know you were allergic to. Instead, turn on the air conditioning to get some circulation throughout the car and filter out any allergens inside.
As enjoyable as picnics are, eating outside can expose you to all sorts of allergens, from pollen to dust and mold that can blow in on a breeze while you’re trying to enjoy your food. Instead, opt for a new restaurant that you’re driving past. You never know what delicious foods awaits you.
Choose Suitable Accommodations
If you’re staying in a hotel, be sure to request an allergy-free room. These types of rooms are usually non-smoking, no pets allowed and carpet free. This way your allergy symptoms won’t be triggered at night when you’re trying to rest. When possible, bring your own pillow with allergen-proof covers.
Talk to Your Allergist
Your allergist at Charleston ENT & Allergy can help you prepare for your next road trip by prescribing medications, coaching you on practicing avoidance and discussing other options like immunotherapy. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Charleston ENT & Allergy today.