I am due to start my RTW trip on 20th June & have had all my (expensive) vaccinations. I am begining to wonder what hayfever is like in countries in s'th east Asia, Australia & S'th America.
I suffer from it a little at the beging of summer every year, but have no idea what it will be like in the jungles of Asia & rain forrests of Brazil.
Hey!..I know not much abou hayfever. I could manage some treatments from Wikipedia. I know its long but might help you
There are many treatments, but just a few kinds are the most important ones. Here is a list.
There may be some useful things you could do, from closing windows to going abroad, or even wearing special spectacles.
Antihistamine tablets, capsules, or liquid medicines
The simplest treatment. These help all the symptoms of hayfever, and the latest ones have excellent safety. But they may not treat all your symptoms well enough on their own.
'Antiallergic' nasal sprays or eye drops
A confusing name, as the other medicines in the list also act against allergy.
Two of these medicines, cromoglycate (Rynacrom ® & Vividrin ® nasal sprays, also other names) and nedocromil (Tilarin ® nasal spray, Rapitil ® eye drops), are similar to each other, work, and have very good safety.
A third medicine, lodoxamide (Alomide ® ) is an alternative which serves the same purpose.
Like the antihistamine sprays and drops they are used especially when people do not want to use steroid sprays or drops. As eye drops they are important because steroid eye drops do cause serious side effects.
Antihistamines, sprays or drops for your nose or eyes
Work about as well as the antiallergic drugs. Like them, they only help in the nose or eyes, where they are applied.
Steroid sprays or drops
Very effective and safe for the nose only. Steroid eye drops are very effective but can have serious side effects.
Can help a lot over a short period of up to a few days, but cause worse trouble than you started with if you use them for longer.
They definitely help blockage of the nose, but have side effects especially in people with high blood pressure or a number of other medical conditions. At least one of them, phenylpropanolamine, seems to carry a small risk of causing a stroke due to bleeding in the brain, at least when people take it as a slimming drug (definitely not recommended by us). Some antihistamine tablets or capsules have a decongestant in them.
Steroid tablets or injections
Work very well but have side effects. Should be used only for short periods when all else fails and it is really important to suppress symptoms, e.g. for exams, weddings, interviews.
Widely used throughout the world but hardly used in Britain, these can help hayfever when the best you can achieve with other treatments is not good enough.
Don't think that was what he was asking! haha Good question though, hopefully we'll get a god answer..
Anymore Hayfever sufferers out there