Allergies in Croatia
Seasonal allergic rhinitis and asthma are prevalent in the months of August to October when the pollen season is at its peak. Pollen from the Ambrosia species of ragweed is airborne in these months and commonly affects sensitive adults and kids. Known symptoms include itching, watery and red eyes, runny nose, difficulty in breathing, coughing and wheezing in asthmatic persons.
As a precaution, try to stay indoors and take anti-histamines or your prescribed anti-allergy medicines. Ragweed pollen count is highest between 5am -10am, on hot, dry, windy days. So try to skip any outdoor activity in the mornings if you are sensitive to allergens.
Pollen allergy can be induced even if you're living in major cities as ragweed grows everywhere in the country, even in backyards. Visit a doctor if symptoms become worse or develop into other respiratory difficulties. If you have to go outdoors in these months or do yard work, wear protective gear like shades that cover your eyes or wear a medical mask specific to keeping you from breathing in pollen whilst taking anti-allergy medicines in advance.
It would be beneficial if you have private health insurance in Croatia that would provide immediate treatment when having allergic attacks. Hospitals are usually open 24 hours a day if you need immediate medical treatment.
If you are prone to allergies, secure international health insurance in Croatia and make sure that this coverage will include pre-existing conditions and give you access to special services like medical evacuation if the need arises, especially for expats who like to go to forest and mountainous areas for adventure or those who are assigned to work in remote areas.