Allergies in Israel



When it comes to allergies in Israel, there are only two common culprits that give rise to the most number of allergy cases among residents - sesame and pollen.

Sesame causes the most food allergies in the country where many dishes contain this plant's seeds as ingredients. Israel is a major grower of sesame, and many of its local dishes contain it. Even beauty products such as lip gloss and lipstick contain sesame. Children are most at risk and, for this reason, those relocating to the country should make it a point to take the right precautions by visiting a travel health expert before traveling. Although the country has a public health system, private health insurance in Israel can provide enough protection when allergies escalate to more serious conditions. Private health insurance is also needed as the country is experiencing unrest due to political tensions. With the threat of kidnapping, rocket launches and bombings, expats visiting the country will also benefit greatly from having private health insurance at the ready.

The other main cause of allergies in Israel is pollen that peaks from February to May and from October to November. Pollen released into the air during these periods comes from Cupressaceae or Cypress trees, although it can be present any time of the year. During summer, pollen can also come from weeds and grass.

Although causes of allergies are manageable, there is no reason to be overly complacent as an affected person's condition can worsen and may even be fatal when no proper measures are taken. As the country is going through a challenging political environment at the moment, it is best for foreigners to take the time to know about what await them in the country they might be planning to move to, and part of preparations must include taking out international health insurance in Israel.