Costa Rica Hayfever

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1. Posted by traveller123457 (Budding Member 3 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I get really bad hayfever in the UK (grass pollen). I'm going to Costa Rica in May and staying in the Jungle for a week. I won't be able to take anti-histamines. Does anyone know if this is going to be hard for me? Is grass pollen really strong in a jungle? Is grass pollen strong around this time in Costa Rica?

Any information would be aprecaited as I can't find anything online!


[ Edit: Edited on 12-Apr-2018, at 10:17 by traveller123457 ]

2. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 77 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

I used to have hayfever too (it got less with the years), but it is very hard to tell, because the plant life there is totally different from the UK. An allergy can be very specific. I remember that when I was in the Mediterranean countries, I never really had a problem, even when the grasses there would be "in blossom" so to say. With other people it was the other way around.
By the way, what if you bring a prescription from your doctor for what you might need to suppress it? Maybe they can even make on in Spanish for you. Even if you can't bring it, then you might still be able to get it there if needed?

3. Posted by traveller123457 (Budding Member 3 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

Ok cool. Thanks for the info. Yeah I guess it's hard to know as different things trigger different people. I'll take them with me anyway and just hope it won't be so bad.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 846 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

Why would you not be able to take antihistamines? Do you mean that you will not be able to transport them (take them) with you, or that you can't ingest them (take them) while you are there?

If getting them from the UK to Costa Rica is the problem, you may be able to buy them over the counter when you are there. But the rain forest has entirely different plants from those in the UK. I am allergic to tree pollen, grass pollen, rag weed, and mold, and I had no particular problem in Costa Rica.