Allergies in Bulgaria



Allergy-prone expats can better prepare themselves before moving by knowing about allergens that are likely to exist in Bulgaria.

Allergies in Bulgaria can happen due to a variety of causes, ranging from weather conditions to household chemicals. While these conditions are generally harmless, taking precautions against them will be helpful, including taking out private health insurance in Bulgaria to cover costs that are beyond public insurance.  

The most common of these allergies is that which is caused by Ambrosia artemisiifolia L, a certain type of pollen that comes from ragweed plants. The usual symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing and others associated with hay fever will be experienced by one who is exposed to pollen-related allergens.   

Another possible source of allergies in Bulgaria is desalinated water or seawater with its salt content removed. Desalination is usually done to make seawater fit for human consumption, and while this can be harmless, its distribution through pipelines can cause some problems. The typical allergic symptoms people develop in reaction to this type of water include skin allergies and, sometimes, hair loss.

A third common allergen in Bulgaria is phthalate, which is a chemical that is usually found in plastics. As an industrialized nation, Bulgarian homes are usually laden with household products that use phthalate. Reactions can range from mild asthma to more serious forms of respiratory distress. By avoiding products with this chemical, however, these allergies can be easily evaded.