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Camping with asthma and allergies

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Summer is here, and for many families that means camping! If you or your child has asthma or allergies, follow these simple tips to ensure that your camping trip is a success:

  • Air out the tent before your trip, and check the tent and any tarps for mold. Use liquid bleach diluted with hot water to remove any mold.
  • At the campsite, find a grassy spot to set up your tent. If you are allergic to grass, find a cleared area, but avoid stirring up a lot of dirt.
  • If you are weed pollen allergic, beware of camping in open meadows in July and August.
  • Campfires can be significant irritants for those with asthma and allergies. Try to sit farther from the fire, move away if the wind starts blowing smoke toward you. And change your clothes after sitting near the campfire.
  • Bees, yellow jackets and other stinging insects often hover near campsites. If you are allergic to stings, always bring along an Epi Pen and antihistamine. Avoid sugary drinks and the wearing of scents and bright colors, which attract stinging insects.
  • Most importantly, bring all your asthma and allergy medications with you, even those you might not think you’ll need. For asthmatic patients, consider bringing along a back-up supply of prednisone in case of an asthma attack.

If you have specific questions about camping with allergies or asthma, please contact our office at 541-683-1577.

Dr. Sarah Kehl brings to Oak Street Medical her combined expertise as a board certified allergy/immunology specialist and pediatrician. Warm and approachable, Dr. Kehl tries to put all of her patients at ease.