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The season at your destination isn't the only thing that can affect allergies. Cleaning agents in hotel rooms and dry air in airplanes can also cause misery for allergic travelers

Traveling with allergies is nothing to sniff about

April 15, 1998
Web posted at: 1:10 p.m. EST (1810 GMT)

ATLANTA (CNN) -- It's sneezing season -- allergy time -- and traveling can wreak havoc on itchy eyes and runny noses. From dry air in airplanes to dust mites in hotel rooms, allergens are lurking about for those who are susceptible.

Other allergy triggers include mold in damp hotel rooms, cigarette smoke in rental cars and even detergents used to clean hotel rooms and linens.

And, an allergy attack can be brought on by the time of year and place you travel: Hay fever season may be finished in one part of the country, only to be in full swing in another.

But allergies don't have to make the allergic miserable.

For contact wearers, keep the eyes moist and clean lenses more often, particularly on long flights where plane air tends to make eyes drier and more irritated.

Ask for smoke-free hotel rooms and rental cars and carry over-the-counter antihistamines, contact lens rewetting drops and cleaning solutions.

Some hotels, such as Hilton and Marriott, offer special rooms.

"Rooms that have been specifically designed for more allergic individuals, (with) less irritating fibers, bedding...," says allergist Dr. Robyn Levy, "They're cleaned a little bit differently, they have special air filtration systems."

It's also a good idea to know your environment. Many cities provide pollen count hotlines with up-to-the minute pollen reports.

Based on a report from CNN's Business and Travel and Beyond. The segment appears weekdays on Early Edition at 7 AM (ET) and on Morning News at 10 AM (ET).

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