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hay fever

  • buecax

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    hi all,

    i am allergic to grass pollen (hay fever).

    i will be travelling to north vietnam / laos / cambodia during the rain season in september / october. does anybody know if i will have trouble with hay fever there as well?

    since hay fever is pretty common, maybe i can get some first-hand advice from a fellow sufferer.


    #1 Posted: 17/7/2009 - 14:45

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  • busylizzy

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    Hi Buecax - I have been known to suffer badly from hay fever at times (in NZ) and travelled through Thai/Cambodia last year during May/Jun without any problem. I understand you are going at a different time, but with that being the rainy season, you will probably be OK since the rain helps to dampen down the pollens.

    #2 Posted: 17/7/2009 - 15:59

  • BruceMoon

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    As Lisa indicates/infers, the pollen season is just as the grasses (yes, rice is a grass) matures and starts to flower.

    Even so, I doubt that rice pollen will aggravate your hay fever as the pollen size is quite large (compared to the rye grasses that are typically the problem).

    Also paracetamol (panadol) helps to stabalise the glands that react to pollen. So, if you get a reaction, take some paracetamol (won't stop, but helps diminish).


    #3 Posted: 17/7/2009 - 19:30

  • buecax

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    thanks guys!

    i better take some of my usual hay fever medication with me then.

    #4 Posted: 17/7/2009 - 19:56

  • CunningMcFar

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    I am a seasonal allergy sufferer (hay fever) as well as asthmatic and while I would never travel anywhere without meds I find that I don't need to talk them when I'm in the region, regardless of time of year or even pollution levels in places like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, a real relief not to be so depended on meds, esp. for the asthma.

    #5 Posted: 19/7/2009 - 21:21

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