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Old 11-03-2016, 07:45   #1
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handling allergies while cruising

Hi, hopefully a simple Q&A that has been answered before and I just haven't found the thread. how do people who routinely receive allergy shots handle that when they are out cruising for several months? thanks in advance to y'all.

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Re: handling allergies while cruising

Its a good question, and you should probably talk to your doctor and pharmacist about it. A lot depends on what you are allergic to and where you are going. When you go cruising you really change your environment, so you may leave some allergens behind (and pick up new ones, but it usually takes some time to sensitize yourself to new allergens).

For example, I managed to leave the acacia and pine pollen behind, but was really affected by the grasses which grow on Easter Island.

If you are allergic to your spouse, you may not get relief....

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Re: handling allergies while cruising

My wife has bad allergies in most climates of the States, but it is true that once cruising it's a much different environment, and generally pretty sterile with respect to pollens (at least in the islands). She was able to stop using all allergy medicines for the 2+ years we spent in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
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Re: handling allergies while cruising

I used to suffer severe hay fever when I lived in Western Australia, probably because of the wind pollinated plants there. After I became a permanent live-aboard and moved to the east coast I hardly ever get a twinge and that usually when I go inland somewhere up a river, with one exception. If I pet a cat I can almost guarantee getting itchy eyes unless I wash my hands immediately after.

I carry antihistamines aboard the boat in case I have an attack, tend to avoid cats and stay in the tropics well in to summer.
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