Allergies in Germany



Like many other countries, Germany has certain times of the year when pollen allergies are common, depending on location and climate. Grass is the most common culprit for this.

Good thing oral medications are available for managing hay fever, which comprises the set of symptoms associated with allergic reactions to pollen. For some expats, especially those who have not encountered these allergies in their home countries, obtaining private health insurance offers security in case simple allergies turn serious. 

Common Allergies

Hay fever is more common in West Germany than in the East. Immediate management for this includes anti-histamines and nasal decongestants. It is best to avoid staying in an open area when the pollen level is its highest, especially in the morning. Sometimes, wearing a surgical mask is necessary.  

When it comes to seasonal allergies, there is nothing anyone can do but to minimise one's exposure to allergens. There is no way to stop pollination so the best thing to do is to prevent an aggravation of whatever allergic reactions one develops. To prevent people from having severe attacks, weather forecast stations all over the country are developing more sophisticated technologies that allow them to make more accurate pollen forecasts.  

Sometimes, expats also deal with food allergies, especially those who are new to German spices and other unique ingredients. However, this can be well managed simply by knowing what one is eating and by being particular with any food products one picks up at the grocery store. In any case, having international health insurance also helps in giving expats peace of mind when dealing with the symptoms of these allergies.