by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2005
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 tips.
    " 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, says Pacin.
    " 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 be replaced.
    " Sleep with the windows closed and the air conditioning on.