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Travel Insurance for people with a Nut Allergy

According to statistics there are some 44% of the UK population that have allergies and millions of those are thought to be nut allergies.

If you want to travel abroad with a known nut allergy Direct-Travel can insure most pre-existing medical conditions so either visit our website, where we can carry out your medical screening online, or call our friendly UK-based call centre.

Those people living with a pre-existing nut allergy know just how careful they have to be in their everyday lives – for someone with a severe nut allergy one slip could mean the difference between life and death.

But that shouldn’t prevent them from enjoying international travel. Peanuts are legumes and they are related to peas, beans and lentils. Tree nuts include almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, pistachio and macadamia nuts and most people with a nut allergy will know which of the above foods will affect them.

There is also a wealth of information you can access via AllergyUK, a leading national charity dedicated to supporting those with allergies.

Symptoms of a nut allergy can come on rapidly. They can include a rash or a tingling, itchy feeling in the mouth. Severe symptoms can include:

  • Swelling of the throat and face
  • Severe asthma
  • Abdominal pain/nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing

If you know how your nut allergy affects you it is likely you will know whether you could sit in an aircraft next to someone who is eating nuts and whether this would affect you, although some airlines no longer serve them if they know someone on board suffers from a severe nut allergy.

It is worth finding out how to say you have a nut allergy in the language of the country you are visiting and ensure your fellow travellers know all about your condition.

Those with severe allergies normally carry an EpiPen. If that is you it is important to tell those with you where to find it on your person and how to administer it to you if you are unable to do so.

Before you make any firm travel plans, talk to your doctor about your condition and your fitness to travel. Take the medication you need and ensure that it is not a restricted substance in the country of destination. Don’t forget, you can add your travelling companions to your policy, too.