Health Beat 4-1-2005
Nothing to Sneeze At
Hotels can be tough on people with allergies. Dr.
Michael P. Pacin, founder and CEO of the Florida Center for Allergy
& Asthma Care and Research in Miami, offers the following
" Be sure to reserve a nonsmoking room or, better yet, a
nonsmoking floor if the property has one. If pets are allowed at
the hotel, request a no-pets room.
" Request that housekeeping use unscented cleaners in preparing
your room and that they vacuum and dust thoroughly.
" Some feather pillows can aggravate allergies, and synthetic
pillows can harbor dust mites. Take your own pillow with you, or
bring an easy-to-pack dust mite-proof pillow cover.
" Don’t forget to pack your allergy medications a common lapse,
" Check in early in the day, when other rooms might be
available, in case you need to switch quarters.
" Upon check-in, ask that air filters in the air conditioners
" Sleep with the windows closed and the air conditioning on.