Allergies in India



Allergies in India can be caused by many different factors, but awareness of the common allergens and having private health insurance India should provide an adequate safety net for expats.

The common irritants are dust mites which affect about 80% of people living in this country. A great percentage of this is composed of expats and tourists who have yet to get used to the "dust" situation in India. Otherwise, allergies can be caused by pollen, particularly that which comes from Bermuda grass, food and fungi. The most common food types that cause allergies include peanuts, chocolates, shrimps and even rice.     

Among these allergies, the most serious are those caused by certain food ingredients. When dining in restaurants, one cannot expect all waiters to be aware of the actual ingredients used in the different dishes they serve. Hence, it is important not only to try to ask but also to research on one's own regarding food commonly served in India as well as the ingredients.   

In adults, these allergies may be managed with antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids that reduce swelling and immunotherapy. Sometimes, some people don't respond to ordinary treatment and a series of allergy shots may be required. Parents should pay extra attention to children who have allergies, especially to certain food, as most serious and sometimes fatal reactions occur in this age group. 

In general, allergies in India may be harmless with the right precautions and medications taken as necessary. In cases when allergic symptoms escalate to more serious medical conditions an international health insurance can provide great help.