asthma when on holiday

 

Asthma UK has recently expressed concern at differences in the numbers of people being rushed to hospital with an asthma attack in the UK, depending on where they live. Its Compare Your Care campaign aim to find out why this geographical variation exists with the aim of better care for people with the condition.

Every day in the UK, 200 people are hospitalised because of their asthma. But Asthma UK believes that three-quarters of hospital admissions could be prevented with the right care and management. People with this condition are being urged to take an online quiz to find out if their care is meeting national standards and, if not, how they can help improve this.

But thinking about better managing your asthma treatment doesn’t just apply to different areas in the UK, it’s also important when you’re on holidays abroad.

According to national guidelines, everyone in the UK with asthma should receive a written asthma action plan from their doctor or asthma nurse, so they know what steps to take when their symptoms get worse. Those without an action plan are four times more likely to end up in hospital because of their condition. This is obviously particularly important when you are abroad and would therefore need treatment in a foreign hospital.

If you have asthma, you should also have an asthma review at least once a year, which can help to understand your personal ‘triggers’ and make sure your inhaler technique is correct. Again, managing your asthma can be particularly important when you are on holiday, and are exposed to different environments than what you are used to at home. Joe Lethbridge experienced problem resulting from his asthma firsthand on his holiday – you can read more of his story here. (Link to the new website page)

At AllClear Travel we’re all too aware of the number of factors you have to consider when travelling with asthma, which includes making sure you have comprehensive travel insurance just in case the worst should happen when you are away and you have to be admitted to hospital for your asthma. You may also find tips on travelling with asthma useful.