Winery tours have become a hotspot for vacation destinations in recent years. For many couples, winery tours offer a relaxing alternative to other forms of entertainment and can be educational at the same time. If you are an allergy sufferer, however, the winery tour may exacerbate your allergy symptoms and lead to adverse health complications during your vacation.
Before traveling to any destination where you may engage in a winery tour, you will want to first meet with your allergy specialist to address the potential health risks. While your standard prescription allergy medication may suffice, your allergist may want to recommend or prescribe an alternative medication that will provide for a stronger protection when moving about the grapevines of an orchard. Typically, an inhaler is often recommended for use just in case your allergy complications result in an asthma attack while engaging in the winery tour.
In addition to medications for allergies, your doctor may also recommend that you wear a protective face mask over your mouth and nose to prevent the inhalation of spores and other allergens while on the winery tour. If you are concerned about your exposure to other adults during your wine tour, many wineries will offer custom or individual winery tours so that your interaction with other individuals is quite limited. Even when not suffering from allergies, this can be a nice alternative.
Beyond exposure to outdoor allergens, the consumption of alcohol may pose some degree of allergy risk to you as well. When considering a winery tour, be sure that you are familiar with any potential allergy risks you may have wine and what types of wine you may want to avoid. While red wine packs the greatest health benefit, for allergy sufferers, it may also be the greatest health hazard. Again, this is something you will want to discuss with your allergist before you engage in the winery tour while on vacation.
Winery tours are fun, exciting and can be a great option for adults who want to do something relaxing and educational while on vacation. If you are an allergy sufferer, be sure your are addressing your allergy needs before you take the winery tour and follow up on your medication needs as well as your allergic potential for the wine tasting itself. In doing so, you can have a far happier and healthy vacation and experience the winery tour with a successful outcome.
Sources: Journal of Allergy Medicine: 2002: 5: 67-79.