If you’re going abroad, on holiday or on business, it’s very important to be ready if you have an episode of anaphylaxis.
Follow these steps to make sure you are always prepared:
Make sure that you have sufficient adrenalineauto-injectors with you. Remember it may be difficult and expensive to replace any you use while abroad. Organise this with your GP several weeks before.
Contact the airline or travel agent before you book and explain that you have a severe allergy. Airlines will often require a letter from your doctor to allow you to carry your adrenaline auto-injector with you onto the aircraft. Download and print off a Travel Certificate for your doctor to fill in – make sure you get it done in good time before you travel. If you have a food allergy, you should also discuss meal options (if provided).
Get to know the most useful foreign phrases you might need, for example. “I am allergic to peanuts”. Download and print off translated phrase sheets that you can take with you: French, German, Italian and Spanish.
When travelling you should take the same care as you would in Ireland. Your adrenaline auto-injector should:
Never be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme heat or cold for a long time
Never be refrigerated or frozen
Always be kept in the hard carry case it is supplied in
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