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Anyone have problems on airplanes with asthma?

I have taken 5 different trips on airplanes this year. I wear a heavy charcoal mask and do saline rinse between and after flights and still get very sick a few days later. Once was so bad I ended up in ER. Are my flying days over?


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  • Shellzoo
    12 months ago

    Remember lots of people with asthma travel on planes. Talk to your physicians and see what they think/suggest.

  • LinnM author
    12 months ago

    Thanks.
    Really want to go to Greece but am afraid about the long flight.

  • xprssblues
    12 months ago

    Yes. Always. The air quality on planes is so poor that I always have trouble breathing and often feel really crummy for a while afterwards. It’s worse when I travel abroad or on longer flights.

  • Shellzoo
    12 months ago

    I have an allergy medication routine my allergist suggested for when I anticipate I will be exposed to allergens. My routine was set up for me by my doctor. I take the meds before I fly, when I take the dog to the kennel or vet or if I am going somewhere with pets or animals.

  • LinnM author
    12 months ago

    When you premedicate are you talking about your regular maintenance medications or your rescue medications? I carry prednisone and antibiotics when I travel but I don’t begin using them until I have symptoms.
    Thanks for your input.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi again, LinnM. This section of asthma.net only permits posting one link per post. The second article you may find to be helpful is this one on reducing stress when traveling with asthma: https://asthma.net/living/on-the-road-and-in-the-sky-10-tips-to-a-less-stress-trip/.
    We appreciate your posting in our question & answer section.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    12 months ago

    Hi LinnM and thanks for your post. You may have seen that Shellzoo referred to articles here on our asthma.net website that relate to your specific concerns.
    First, this article providing tips for traveling on the road and in airplanes: https://asthma.net/living/planes-pets-and-service-dogs-tips-for-flying-with-allergies-to-animal-dander/.
    For the second article, see below.
    Thanks,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Shellzoo
    12 months ago

    I say not really when in truth, I wash my seat area with disposable antibacterial wipes and pre-medicate with my allergy meds. They just had a good article here regarding air travel and asthma.

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