From pet dander to pollen, 20 percent-25 percent of U.S. travelers have allergies or asthma. Health challenges are even tougher to manage while on the move.
"They prepare their homes to make their lives better and then they go on vacation. They stay in a very nice hotel and they come back and their eyes are red, their nose is itchy, they're sneezing, their asthma is worse," Dr. Mark Lazarovich said.
The South Burlington allergist has spent the last three years working on a fix. His solution-- AllerPassMD.com-- a website devoted to helping travelers across the globe find hypoallergenic hotels. Lazarovich's website ranks more than 800 hotels from 250 of the most common business and leisure travel locations. He used 20 different parameters to just how hypoallergenic a hotel is.
"Then we create an algorithm, which is done in the back of this website, that comes up with a rating so that someone can look at the ratings and very easily comprehend is this hotel good for my particular allergies or not," Lazarovich said.
If, for example, you're allergic to mold, hotels with glass shower enclosures, tile floors and no bath mats scored highest. The most hypoallergenic hotels were carpet and pet-free, used dust mite-proof bedding and in-room air filters.
"What we're hoping to accomplish is to have this as a standard which will be used by other travel websites," Lazarovich said.
The allergist's goal is to make hypoallergenic rooms an amenity as standard as hotel swimming pools and free parking.
Lazarovich recommends that people with allergies and asthma avoid staying in hotels that score below 50.
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