Allergies in Russia



The summer season in Russia may aggravate existing allergy conditions due to the cotton-like substance from poplar trees called "pukh".

Pukh or any other air-borne pollens from trees, grasses, and flowers cause allergens which irritates the mucous membranes that line the nasal passages and may cause inflammation. This type of allergy is called "hay fever". Allergic symptoms include sneezing, itchy throat, headache, swollen sinuses, itchy, watery eyes and runny nose. For those prone to allergies, remember to bring enough anti-histamines, or your prescribed allergy medication.

Foreigners on their way to Russia should be aware of seasonal changes, as these changes could trigger allergic reactions. Winter and summer can be varied in temperatures. Winter may be mild or too severe. Summers can be rainy or hot and humid. It is best to fight seasonal illnesses, like cough and colds, with proper nutrition, vitamins and exercise to enhance your immune system.

There is a study where researchers found out that exposure to allergens at an early age may inhibit the development of allergic reactions as they grow. Expats who bring their children to live with them in Russia can keep these in mind and try not to overprotect the children when they want to play outside. Just make sure that they are adequately protected by proper clothing, proper nutrition, and are taught proper hygiene.