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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby Mucha Man » 15 May 2011, 11:32

housecat wrote:I always have terrible skin allergies in Taiwan. In fact, before I left Taiwan in 2005, I think it was, I had a strange thing on my calf that would look fine--nothing there but some slight swelling, but itch like a ritchious bitch and if I scratched it, it would burst and bleed a LOT. It would turn out that it was itching from the pressure of the blood just under the skin. Eventually, that just became a huge sore place that wouldn't heal for more than a year. Taiwan docs gave antihistamines and ointmens, but nothing worked. But it was completely healed less than two weeks after I landed in the States and has not reurned.

I also have psoriasis that is always a LOT worse here than at home. It's very hard to controle here, in fact.

I wholeheartedly believe this to be polution related.


I'm curious if your skin problems are better now that you are living south. I too have developed skin issues living here but it has to do with humidity in Taipei. I live by the mountains so it's not pollution. Also, no problems when travelling in dry parts of China which are often far more polluted. Taipei has always been a cesspool of germs.
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby milkweed » 12 Jun 2011, 20:37

The filthy air is the cause which is in turn mostly caused by the massive burning of coal to make electricity followed by vehiclar and industrial exhaust.
It blocked my maxillary sinuses to the point where I had severe dizzy spells and had to return to New Zealand. The air-cond was part of the problem too.
Having taught english in Taiwan (3 years), South Korea (2 years), and North Eastern China (6 months) I would have to say that Taiwans east coast has the filthiest air of all three of them by a very wide margin.
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby milkweed » 12 Jun 2011, 20:39

Taiwans east coast is in fact beautiful and clean with its air. The west coast is the killer!
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby Homey » 13 Jun 2011, 00:30

I've had good results the last 3-4 months with "Chlorpheniramine."

Before I discovered this, I constantly had the post nasal drip going on. I'm fine now as long as I remember to take it.
Why not???

If you are what you eat, then I guess that makes me "fast, cheap, and easy"!
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby PapaAzucar » 18 Apr 2012, 08:31

Does anyone know of an allergy specialist doctor, and not the Chinese herbal medicine traditionalist (which others keep referring me to).
I'm also looking for what are over-the-counter medications (without prescriptions) in the US like Zytec, Claritin or Allegra.
Anyone know where to find those medications?

Sorry to cross-post this, but I'm in sort of desperate need.
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Allergies in Taiwan

Postby headhonchoII » 18 Apr 2012, 13:19

Go to directly to pharmacies, you don't need a prescription for Zytec, they sell them by the blister pack.
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby coupdeGraced » 14 Jan 2013, 10:22

Wow, I am so glad to come across this post. I've been having crazy nasal congestion for the past 2 weeks (which is 2 weeks after I moved to Taipei from NY) and I had thought it was the cold until yesterday someone (also an expat) pointed it out to me that it might be allergies to the air, mold, whatever. I'm starting to think it probably is allergies.

Back in NY I rarely ever got sick, probably came down with the flu like twice in my 13 years there, and even if I got sick with the cold, it'd go away very quickly without me doing anything about it. I do have the so-called allergic body type, something people in Taiwan emphasize. I grew up here (in Taichung) and I had severe eczema as a kid. That went away almost completely when I moved to NY. Now that I'm back in Taiwan, in Taipei which has air dirtier than Taichung, it makes the most sense that what I'm suffering from is allergies. It's also been raining 5 out of 7 days in a week since I got here, so that obviously doesn't help.

Luckily I brought my Claritin pack from NY just in case.. took one just now and I'm hoping it'll do the trick that punateng/Panadol (Taiwanese med for the common cold) failed to do for the past week.

One question though, do most of you guys gradually adapt to the air and your allergies go away after a while? Since I grew up here (though in a different city) I don't know if it's worth the pain of enduring to see if I'll eventually adapt so I don't need to live on allergy meds :s
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby Icon » 14 Jan 2013, 10:26

If it is just the nose thing, I'd recommend what the doctor sent me -and you can buy over the counter here: it is a nasal spray called budesonide, by AstraZeneca. swedish. 2 pumps at night, one in each nostril, no problemo.

My allergies have gotten worse the longer I live here, but then I am no no spring chicken.
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby coupdeGraced » 14 Jan 2013, 11:09

Icon wrote:If it is just the nose thing, I'd recommend what the doctor sent me -and you can buy over the counter here: it is a nasal spray called budesonide, by AstraZeneca. swedish. 2 pumps at night, one in each nostril, no problemo.

My allergies have gotten worse the longer I live here, but then I am no no spring chicken.


Yeah, it's mostly just nasal. I do have occasional cough but 95% is stuffy/running nose. So I will definitely check that out. Thanks! :)
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Re: Allergies in Taiwan

Postby Icon » 14 Jan 2013, 11:12

No hay por donde - translation: nali nali.
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