How to Treat Asthma and Allergies When a Hurricane Hits
In Florida, everyone needs to be prepared for a hurricane during the summer and fall months. But when you suffer from asthma or allergies, preparation is particularly important. In addition to knowing how to treat asthma and allergies in general, you must be ready to respond to a reaction during a dangerous storm. But once you understand the right ways to handle treating asthma attack symptoms and allergic reactions, you’ll be able to weather a hurricane with complete peace of mind. MD Now developed this guide on preparing for and treating asthma attack problems in the event of a hurricane. Share this guide with family members and friends so everyone is aware of how to treat asthma attacks in the eye of a storm.
Prepare Properly for a Hurricane
Be ready for a reaction when a hurricane is on the horizon by keeping the following information on hand:
- A list of all food and medication allergies.
- A written copy of an asthma action plan.
- A list of all preventative and rescue medications with clear instructions on use.
- A copy of healthcare providers’ contact information and medical insurance cards.
- Address and phone number of your primary care physician and allergist.
Handle Hurricane Warnings
When a hurricane is approaching, make sure you have these reaction-related helpers for asthma and allergies:
- A two-week supply of current daily medications and rescue medications – make sure to get refills on any meds before the hurricane strikes.
- A two-pack epinephrine auto-injector.
- Current insurance cards
- A nebulizer for asthma medications if one has been prescribed.
- Up-to-date allergy injections.
Be Smart and Safe When Seeking Shelter
Food allergy sufferers should bring two full days of food and their own epinephrine auto-injector. They should also inform the shelter about any severe food allergies. Asthma patients should try to bring their own nebulizer and medications, yet many shelters offer nebulizers if needed. And people with pet allergies need to locate a shelter that does not allow pets to prevent any reactions during their stay.
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