Traveling Abroad Or Overseas? Test Your Family For Allergies Before You Go

Prior to traveling abroad or overseas this summer, you'll probably see your family's doctor for an exam and physical. You may even see a doctor for a post-travel checkup once you return home. But there's one more exam you should get before and after you travel abroad. The exam is called an allergy test. Learn why you and your family should undergo allergy testing before you travel abroad.

Why Does Your Family Need Allergy Tests?

Depending on where you spend your summer vacation, you may inadvertently expose your loved ones to things that could potentially lead to allergies. Some of these allergy-causing things can be unpredictably dangerous. For example, the United Kingdom (UK) and other overseas destinations can become overwhelmed with insects that may cause allergic reactions in some individuals, including horseflies, biting midges, and ants. If you or someone in your family receives a bite from an allergy-causing insect, it can be deadly.

The symptoms of an allergy or allergic reaction can vary from individual to individual. However, the most commonly experienced symptoms may include swelling in the upper extremities and itchiness in the skin. A number of children and adults feel dizzy or weak when they encounter a dangerous allergen. The symptoms can come on suddenly, or they may take some time to manifest (develop).

Before you travel abroad with your family, have everyone tested for allergens. 

How Do You Get Your Family Allergy Tested?

Allergy testing may seem like a huge undertaking, but it isn't. Allergy specialists can offer simple skin tests, blood tests, and other methods during your visit. Depending on the type of allergy testing your family undergoes, you may experience some minor problems, such as itchy skin or swelling. 

It may take awhile before you know the results of your family's allergy tests. To avoid delays in your trip, it's important to schedule your allergy test appointments well in advance. An allergy specialist can tell you when to come in for your tests. While it may seem inconvenient, waiting for the results of your tests can help prevent unnecessary and dangerous reactions during your vacation.

Once you learn the results of your family's tests, you can follow the correct steps to minimize your exposure to your allergens. An allergy doctor may give you or your loved ones medications to take on your vacation. If you have concerns on how to pack and store your medications, seek the professional advice from an allergy doctor immediately.

For more information on a stinging insect allergy, contact your local allergy professionals.