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Asthma

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways that results in the production of excess mucus, spasms in the smooth muscle tissue of the bronchial tubes, and reduced airflow in the lungs. An asthma attack can be triggered by smoke, dust or various allergens that may be more abundant in certain environments to or through which you plan to travel. It is advisable to consider air-quality factors before making travel plans, especially if your asthma is severe.Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways that results in the production of excess mucus, spasms in the smooth muscle tissue of the bronchial tubes, and reduced airflow in the lungs. Many of the same cells responsible for allergic reactions come into play during an asthmatic episode. An asthma attack can be triggered by smoke, dust or various allergens that may be more abundant in certain environments to or through which you plan to travel. It is advisable to consider air-quality factors before making travel plans, especially if your asthma is severe.

An asthma attack may begin with the onset of wheezing, difficulty breathing and a cough. Asthma is considered to be under good control if such episodes occur no more than once or twice a week. The use of inhaled corticosteroids may be beneficial as a preventative prior to exertion. Before you travel, be sure that your asthma is under good control and that you have an ample supply of both maintenance and emergency, quick-relief medications.

Also, keep in mind that drugs recommended for some travel ailments — including aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen (Advil) — can initiate an asthma attack and therefore should be avoided if at all possible by anyone who has asthma.


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