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Old 03-29-2006, 05:22 PM   #1
 
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Hey again! I was just wondering how you dealt with your allergies while backpacking (for those who have seasonal allergies). My allergies are pretty serious and are linked to my asthma I NEVER had allergies nor asthma until last summer, I've been stuffed up ever since My doctor told me to take Claritin and prescriped me eye drops and a nasal spray which I'm gonna take with me for sure. I also have anaphylaxis (food allergies) and grr I have to carry around this stupid injection around and read every frigging label of the stuff I eat, but I'm not too worry about that. I just hope they sell that stuff over there in Europe, I can't live without Claritin and I don't know if they sell it in Western Europe. Should I bring like 5-6 packs, I'm going for 2 months, or is the air quality better than here (Toronto)? I'm allergic to a whole bunch of stuff, grass, trees, pollen, dust, dust mites, cattle, cats, hamsters, temp. change, blah blah blah the list goes on....
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Bring as much as you can within reason, but there are several types of antihisthamines available in Europe. I'm pretty sure Claritin is one of them.
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Yeah, i have allergies, but not too bad, and asthma that can play up pretty badly. I took 4.5 months worth of my asthma medication with me and a small supply of allergy stuff. I didn't even realise it, but i didn't really suffer any allergies while i was in Europe. Make sure you get a letter from your doctor saying that you need the medication because you never know what's not allowed in other countries, although i think western Europe would be ok with most things.
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Mine are only seasonal (usually the entire month of April is death to me) so I just brought along enough to get me through, using it as sparingly as I could in case things dragged on a little longer (which is possible while you're traveling as things can bloom later as you move from region to region). Since moving to Europe about three years ago, I've noticed that my allergies haven't been as bad, but maybe that's because we live in the lands of perpetual winter...

If you're going for a couple of months, I'd definitely try to bring along enough for the entire trip, just so you don't have to try and sort it out in some pharmacy in the middle of nowhere, but also, make sure you have both your prescription (for the border authorities) AND the generic name of the meds your doc recommends, so that if they don't have Claritin specifically, you can be sure you're getting the same meds when you go to the local pharma.

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Well, I'm in London, and we get Clarityn here, I had to take it for ages, until I think I became immune to it. Now I take Neo-Clarityn (which is sometimes called Loratadine) and it's basically the same sort of thing. You can buy Clarityn without prescription here, but it's quite expensive!

I hate allergies, I have to take my tablets year-roud as my skin itches like crazy no matter what, and I go all bumpy. Kind of gross really!
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i take loratadine but im becoming immune to it
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I have to take beconase all year round becasue im allergic to dust mites...
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I usually take Sudafed for hayfever, but it's very quickly becoming very hard to get in the states (psuedominaphen) because it's one of several ingredients in Crystal Meth. Can I find it in Europe or should I risk a questioning from my local PD for buying up the area supply. Will anyone in foreign customs care the way people in the US might if I bring a good supply?
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How much are you going to need during your travels? A couple of boxes shouldn't excite the local constabulary, but 10 or more and your motives might be questionable! If you really need a large amount, it might be worth talking to your doctor and getting him to write you up a scrip, so you can produce that and ticket overseas when the cops come beating on your door.

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I wouldn't use more than a box. I take like what one in the morning and I'm good all day. Thanks TW!
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