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24 January 2012 09:20
The NHS has issued guidance for people with asthma wanting to fly
The NHS has issued guidance for people with asthma planning on flying to abroad.
Health officials say that people with the condition should not be prevented from travelling abroad for a holiday.
However, they say that planning is important for people wanting to be best prepared for any problems that could arise while in another country.
The NHS says that at least a month should be given to plan the trip, and taking out
medical travel insurance could be an important part of that process.
Officials advised asthmatics who suffer shortness of breath regularly to see a doctor before flying. They also said that people should ensure they have their medicines with them on the plane rather than stashed at the bottom of a suitcase with all the other cargo.
But people need to first get written consent from their doctor to take these medicines on board if they're more than 100ml to comply with current regulations.
Also people were advised to keep their medication in its original packaging, with the labelling clear and easy to read.
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