02/06/2022

Aaachu! Great health for a great summer

Are you sneezing? Does your nose or throat itch? Do you have congestion and a runny nose? Some suffer from weather or chronic allergies (such as asthma or hives). Others suffer from food intolerances (eggs, milk, nuts, etc.) or toxic reactions to insect bites.

To avoid problems, we propose this anti-allergy Decalogue.

  1. Travel with your medical report and family health card.
  2. Look for menus without allergic foods; any food company that serves non-packaged or bulk food is obliged to specify the allergens in their menus.
  3. There are 14 allergens identified in all European Union charters. Write down the name of your allergens in the language of the country you are visiting.
  4. When your child goes to camp in the summer, inform the counsellors. Leave them a contact telephone number and check their security protocol.
  5. Always have rescue medication such as adrenaline or an inhaler on hand.
  6. In the countryside, use discreet colours that do not attract wasps or bees.
  7. Keep calm if they come near you.
  8. If you get stung, remove the stinger, wash the wound with soap and water and apply ice. Never scratch yourself.
  9. Be on the lookout for undiagnosed sufferers of coeliac disease. They are neither allergic nor intolerant. They suffer from a disease that damages the intestine when they ingest gluten.
  10. Don’t worry. There are many rare allergies: to the sun, to water, to sweat, to exercise, to cold and even to electromagnetic waves from microwaves and mobile phones.

Allergies and your Health Insurance

Health Insurance usually offers the allergology speciality as coverage. There is insurance that could cover diseases derived from allergies, such as respiratory asthma. However, the vaccines to deal with allergies are up to you. It is important that you take into account all your allergies and prior illnesses when taking out insurance and declare them in your health questionnaire. They can be considered pre-existing. Would you like us to analyse your situation? We have many offers at our offices to adapt to your needs.