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Sometimes the body reacts to substances that are not really dangerous. Reactions can include runny and itchy eyes, a runny nose, an itchy throat, a skin rash, itching, swelling, and fluid retention. Substances that can trigger such reactions include foods, cleaning agents, airborne pollen, dust and animals.

©Birger Areklett/Samfoto©Birger Areklett/Samfoto

Many people have an allergic reaction to the pollen of various types of grass, birch and other trees. Pollen dispersal from these plants peaks in spring and summer. Different plants flower at different times, and the wind and weather also determine the pollen’s dispersal pattern. It can therefore be a good idea to check the pollen warning in your local newspaper.

Around 40% of the population of Norway has some form of allergy. There are medicines designed to combat allergies. You do not need a prescription for some medicines and you can get help to find the right medicine at a chemist’s. Other medicines require a doctor’s prescription. In either case it may be a good idea to visit your doctor to get a diagnosis. Some medicines alleviate allergies, e.g. pills, while others treat the symptoms, e.g. nose sprays and eye drops.

When you move to new surroundings you may experience allergic reactions you have not experienced before. These can be caused by coming into contact with unfamiliar substances in the environment, new foods, etc.

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