Allergies in Thailand



Thailand is known for its extremely hot and humid weather. For the unaccustomed, you may find yourself with itchy rashes, which can easily go away with application of some cream prescribed by the doctor. You should, however, be on red alert if you have an existing peanut allergy.

Thailand's hot and humid climate props up the growth of dust mites, cockroaches and molds. They are known to be the most important source of indoor allergens that cause allergic triggers. Also, the air quality drops during certain periods of the year. Individuals with skin, respiratory or coronary heart conditions should also take necessary precaution by bringing along medicine, portable fan and disposable masks.

Peanut is prevalent in Thai cooking. It is added to everything from Pad Thai to fried rice and curry. You can tell them in advance not to sprinkle any but sometimes, it may not be apparent as peanut is incorporated within the dish (e.g. peanut oil). One way used by expats is to ask the hotel reception staff to write a note about the peanut allergy in Thai on a paper for you to bring around and show it to the stall owners. If you are experiencing any signs of an allergy, head to a hospital at the first instance. Severe reactions are no joke, and early treatment can save you a lot of pain.

Medical fees are generally affordable, but having private health insurance in Thailand will give you a peace of mind. For expats on a long-term assignment, obtaining an international health insurance policy before travelling to Thailand is highly recommended. Usually, you will be able to get advice from an English-speaking representative via your insurer's assistance hotline.