Summer is the prime time for camping. But if you have allergies, especially to pollen, you may need to do some extra preparation beyond just packing. In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that, “Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies.” We provide tips to help you prepare for your trip to James Island County Park below.
Research the Area
If you’ve got an allergy test or know exactly what types of pollens you’re allergic to, you should research the area in advance to see if there are lots of that particular plant. If there is, consider moving your camping trip to another location or going during the off-season for pollen.
If you have severe allergies, you should also research the area around your campsite to know what hospitals are nearby. Bring a printout of directions so you don’t have to rely on cell service in case you have to navigate there.
Consider the Timing
Different types of plants pollinate at different times of the year. If you’re allergic to tree pollen, avoid camping in the spring. If you’re allergic to grass pollen, avoid camping in the summer. And if you’re allergic to ragweed pollen, avoid camping in the fall.
See an Allergist
Talk to your allergist at Charleston ENT & Allergy to discuss the best medications you take to manage symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids and other medications can be taken to help manage allergy symptoms in the days leading up to and during your camping trip. Your allergist can tell you what dosages and how often they should be taken for maximum effectiveness and safety.
Pack the Essentials
In addition to packing any medications your doctor recommends or prescribes, you should also be sure to pack your Epi-pen, if you have one. Make sure someone in your group knows where it is and how to use it.
Get a Good Tent
Your gear can make or break your camping trip. Be sure to invest in a good tent that is hypoallergenic with reliable flaps. Keep the flaps closed as much as possible, especially when sleeping. Also, you should clean the tent before each use in case it gets dusty in storage.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Charleston ENT & Allergy today.