Rhinitis or Hay Fever is an allergy where your nose and eyes get irritated from the blossom in the spring time. Custom symptoms of this allergy are constant sneezing, running nose and itching eyes. Usually this allergy stops once the flowers and trees stop blooming.
For those abroad with Hay Fever you might find yourself confronted with a range of flowers and trees unfamiliar to your home location. This could bring about a severe increase of your allergy symptoms.
As Hay Fever is a fairly common allergy, medicinal treatment is widely available. Go to any pharmacy, apothek or drugstore and ask for medication with the substance Loratadine, Desloratadine or Cetirizine. As names for medcins can be different from what you are used to, ask for medicins with these substances. Any decent pharmacist will understand what you need. These substances do not stop the allergy, they merely numb the sensitive zones for a couple of hours.
One well known brand that contains Loratadine is Claritine. A box of this medicin contains around 6-10 tablets to swallow with water.
Of course there are more products available, look for medicins with names such as Allerfree, Reactine and more. Check if the right substances are in the medicin and you can trust your allergy will be stopped for at least a couple of hours.
Another good tip when you experience this allergy: splash your face regularly with very cold water and avoid rubbing dry your face. The cold water will slightly calm down the effect of the allergy. Avoid paper tissues as these will cause your nose to turn red and painful from the many sneezes you do. Instead use cotton tissues if you can.
Beware that manufacturers of these medicins warn always that you should be careful driving a car, combination with alcohol and more. If you have doubts on the side effects, ask someone to translate the information for you.
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