Posted on: Mon, 10/04/1999 - 2:07pm
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

This family e mailed wanting to know>>>

Travel: My family would love to travel to Mexico to visit the Mayan
ruins next Spring. Are we nuts? No pun intended. I am doing a lot of
research into this obviously before we go/if we go. Do you know of any
families that have visited Mexico with a peanut allergy?

This is very helpful - finding this site.

Stay Safe


Posted on: Mon, 10/04/1999 - 11:12pm
Mel's picture
Joined: 09/21/1999 - 09:00

My Husband is PA and we have traveled to different counties. We bring a carry on bag full of the foods we know he can eat. We also have hand wipes and the hand sanatizer. We contacted all the different airlines that we would travel. They said peanut free, but the snack was a cookie that "may contain peanuts". We bring a lot of epi-pens, medication, inhalers. (just in case). He did not eat at any of the resturants, because the food guidelines differ. He ate a lot of fresh fruit!
I think the worry of what might or could is the scary part of travel. Just do your best to be prepared. Call and find out where the closes hospital is, and remember you are not in the USA the medical care is different. That is why we bring our own "doctor recommended medication".
I strongly recommend you talk with your doctor on what to do in case of exposure. Each PA person is different and react differently. My husband reacts to smell and touch. Travel is possible , just do your best to be prepared and remember things happen know matter how prepared you are. Stay calm.
Have a great time on your trip.

Posted on: Sat, 03/11/2000 - 4:39am
SherieH's picture
Joined: 01/09/2000 - 09:00

My family just returned from an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Had a great time.
However, despite my several inquiries as to their ingredients in the food and kitchen preparations, no one at the resort would give my any straight answers.
My 6-yr old PA son, therefore ate items that logistically should have been safe. (hot dogs, cold cuts, cheese, pasta, pancakes, french toast, croissants, bagels etc.)
However, on our second to last day, he ate a croissant, and immediately said that it made his throat hurt. Unfortunately, both my husband and I had come down with sore throats and coughs and we assumed that our son was coming down with it too. He didn't eat anything else that morning, and went back to bed because he wasn't feeling well. A couple of hours later, he was complaining that his tummy and back was itchy.
Removing his shirt, we discovered that he was covered in itchy hives. He wasn't having any respiratory problems, so we decided not to administer the EPI, but took him to the resident doctor at the resort. He examined my son, and said that the EPI was not necessary and instead gave him a cortisone shot to relieve the hives, gave us a prescription for an antihistamine (which he said would be better than the Benadryl that we carried), and suggested that my son take a dose of the Salbutamol inhaler. An hour later, my son was much better, as was confirmed by the doctor when he re-examined him again.
Another scary experience - good thing this did not happen the next morning, as 2 hours after breakfast, we were on a plane flying home!

Posted on: Sat, 03/11/2000 - 9:37am
canada's picture
Joined: 02/19/2000 - 09:00

Enjoy your vacation, but do your home work first:
1) Call the hotel and ask to speak to the Executive Chef.before you fly there. In a good international hotel, he will be better trained and have more education than the regular kitchen help. At some resorts they will even give you a tour of the facilities so you can see for yourself what is safe/unsafe in the food prep area.
2) Travel with 1 epi per 20 minutes. I know it's alot of epi's but it's worth it.
3) Keep epis out of the sun, but close to you. Not in hotel room.
4) Avoid baked goods in hotel,unless cleared by chef. as well as pastry and deserts not in their natural form. Stick to fruits.
5) Avoid sauces on food, more than one sous chef has been known to "spice up" a sauce with peanuts, and forget to mention it.
6) Bring your own "junk" food.
7) Do not under estimate the power of Spam, it keeps well and it's food in a pince.
8) Bring your antihistamine, Atarax is VERY GOOD. Talk to your doctor.
9) Telling your travel agent is NOT ENOUGH.
10) Make sure the hotel has a good doctor on staff.
11) Choose a hotel that is close to a hospital or army base.
12) If you do end up in a hospital, be careful that you can speak the language words needed to get your point across.
13) Get a Medic Alert Bracelet. They speak spanish.
14) Have a good time.

Posted on: Sat, 03/11/2000 - 3:13pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

Just an observation on travel..
be aware that medical treatment and diagnosis can be very different in another country. I lived in Bolivia for four years and the medical treatment for anything there is an injection - whether it be injected prednisone for asthma or injected antibiotics for an infection. Here this is unheard of - we try to use the minimum dose required to solve a problem over longer periods rather than one massive dose (and always prefer tablets over an injection).
Another note - lab work can be unpredictable too - I had three negative pregnancy tests until an ultrasound was finally done showing that I was 16 weeks pregnant (it wasn't a surprise to me - I just couldn't convince the doctor!).
Anyway, my advice is:
Know the accepted treatment for your condition and don't accept anything that seems too strange.
Bring your own medication - I took pound jars of medicated creams for eczema, a year's supply of ventolin and beclovent, benadryl, and antibiotics and prednisone which were to be used in a severe allergic reaction or flare up under medical consultation. So long as you have a formal letter from your doctor stating why you are carrying medication you shouldn't have any trouble.
Of course, for a short vacation you would only need to take what is appropriate - epipens, benadryl and probably ventolin if asthmatic - whatever your allergist recommends. Even a hospital in a third world country will be able to respond with epinephrine and salbutamol mist. Mind you, you may have to pay for everything first (I was being admitted for pneumonia with asthma complications and my husband first had to buy the doses of prednisone, penicillin and salbutamol from the pharmacy, along with surgical tubing and butterfly needle for the IV and insurance sorted things out - but not until the next day...)
Finally, if you are prepared and educated you can relax more on your vacation and have some fun!!

Posted on: Fri, 03/31/2000 - 1:31pm
cathleen's picture
Joined: 03/17/2000 - 09:00

Hi. I lived and traveled in Asia for a year. For each country I was in, I had cards made up in the local language to give waiters, waitresses and hosts describing the situation and asking that my food be peanut and peanut oil free.
I had all of my own medical supplies, learned to self administer and had similarly translated cards describing the allergy and medical protocal to provide hospital staff if need be.
The cards worked. I never had a reaction and I was in areas where where peanuts were part of the local diet.
Have fun!

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