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The holidays are the busiest time of the year to travel. Here’s how to make it through with some lung-friendly travel tips.
It’s that time of the year again, and as Christmas lights and decorations are hung, many are preparing themselves for their eventual journeys to see their family and friends this holiday season. Traveling isn’t always enjoyable, but particularly for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), getting around during the holidays can pose a significant challenge. Whether driving, flying, taking a cruise or simply staying with family, the symptoms of COPD can limit mobility. Although there are alternative treatment options available to address disease symptoms and progression, a few lung-friendly travel tips can be helpful.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you 3 Lung-Friendly Travel Tips for this Holiday Season, and help you enjoy the season and your family.
3. Lung-Friendly Travel Tips for Driving
Depending on where you live, driving around during the winter season can be difficult for anyone. The roads can be icy, snowfall can obscure your road vision and if you have a lung disease, carrying an oxygen tank may be a necessity. As a few helpful hints, it’s important to remember not to allow anyone to smoke in the car. When driving, open the window a crack, and when carrying oxygen with you, take special consideration in handling it. Ideally, you want to give yourself maximum access to it, so the best position for it to be in is upright on the seat beside you, secured with a seat belt. If there are any extra oxygen units, place them flat on the floor behind the seat.
2. Lung-Friendly Travel Tips for Flying
For many traveling great distances this year, flying will be the preferred method of transportation. However, for those flying with COPD, it’s important to plan ahead. In the US, airlines will generally allow you to carry your own oxygen, but it’s best to call at least two weeks in advance in order to notify your carrier of your oxygen requirements, and allow them to make the appropriate accommodations. When flying, it’s also advised that those with lung disease should take special consideration in picking up a direct flight rather than a flight with several connections. In choosing the most appropriate and convenient flight, we’d advise using Google Flights, which works to aggregate the flights of all major airlines, giving precise flight times and costs.
1. Lung-Friendly Travel Tips for Taking a Cruise
Cruises can be a great opportunity to get out of the country for a bit. Depending on where you choose to go, the weather can also be ideally warm in comparison to many regions of the United States. When planning to take a cruise, in similarity to flying, it’s important to plan ahead. Since typical cruises are at least a couple days long, you’ll need to prepare enough oxygen and medication to get you through your vacation. Although you may need to provide a written prescription by a doctor to carry oxygen aboard a cruise ship, if you call your cruise-line well enough in advance, they should be able to accommodate you in preparation for your trip.
It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, new discoveries are being made every day in the field of stem cell research, and the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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