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Niños con alergias, consejos para sus viajes en coche

16/04/2018

The arrival of the springtime means that some of us begin to suffer the first symptoms of certain allergies, such as the allergy to pollen. Allergies are a risk factor when driving and are also very uncomfortable for those passengers suffering from them. In Spain, approximately 20% of the population suffers from allergies and symptoms can range from sneezing, watery eyes, irritated eyes, nasal congestion, a scratchy throat or skin and even respiratory problems, asthma, fatigue and anxiety. 

For this reason, it is worth having a look at some advice on how to reduce the effects of allergies in children when we are traveling by car.  Our first piece of advice is a very basic one: try to drive with the windows wound down, so that allergies cannot enter the car in this way. In spring and summer it is best to use the vehicle's air conditioning to control the temperature in the car and if we also turn on the air-recirculation in the vehicle this is even better.

Pollen and dust mite filters should be replaced at least once a year. Depending on the area and the conditions, it might be necessary or advisable to replace them twice in the same year. People with allergies find high efficiency HEPA filters helpful, or anti-pollen filters which use carbon and polyphenol and keep any summer allergens at bay quite effectively. 

It is also a good idea to deep clean the inside of the vehicle in order to remove any particles that might have got into it, above all when we are getting into the car. Having impeccably clean upholstery and mats is key to minimizing the risk of suffering an allergy attack during a trip. 

It is a good idea to have the car washed at a specialized establishment and then to keep the inside of the vehicle clean and ensure that there is no dust: in the ventilation outlets, the windows, the dashboard, door trims and also on the upholstery, roof and mats (and underneath them).

As a general rule, we should always take the following precautions to minimize exposure to allergens:

Being aware of your environment is fundamental for ensuring comfort and minimum exposure to allergens. Depending on how strong the child's allergy is, the child will already have medicine to control symptoms and it might be advisable to use a mask. However, your doctor can decide in such cases what will be best for your young child, and may even suggest an allergy vaccine.

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