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I'm allergic to Switzerland

Since I got here, I've suffered from a non-stop barrage of colds, sinus problems and bouts of bronchitis. I understand that a lot of expats have issues of this nature, and I was just wondering when/if I can expect it to stop. This new one means I have to take time off work and miss some important rehearsals and frankly I'm getting pretty fed up with it! I'm drinking Lemsip, breathing in steam etc (all the usual) and absolutely nothing is working. any suggestions? Please?

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Since I got here, I've suffered from a non-stop barrage of colds, sinus problems and bouts of bronchitis. I understand that a lot of expats have issues of this nature, and I was just wondering when/if I can expect it to stop. This new one means I have to take time off work and miss some important rehearsals and frankly I'm getting pretty fed up with it! I'm drinking Lemsip, breathing in steam etc (all the usual) and absolutely nothing is working. any suggestions? Please?

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It is probably Asthma - I had the same symptoms. I wasn't asthmatic before coming here ... but I am now ( chronically)
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

Do you live next to fields, gardens? Might polen be the problem?

When my sinusitis got really nasty, my doctor advised diving in the Atlantic to help clean the sinus. Ok, granted it was during the time I liked 5 km away from the Atlantic, but I did what I was told last week during holidays... Maybe it's time for you to make a holiday?
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

I wondered a while ago if it was hayfever, but I don't think hayfever would make my whole body ache as is happening today (feels fluey, but as far as I can tell, I don't have a fever... plus I wouldn't have been able to get out of bed if I had the real flu).

I'm going back to England in about 4 weeks (the last part my holiday will be taken on the Isle of Wight, nice salty water). Not sure I can wait that long though!
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Since I got here, I've suffered from a non-stop barrage of colds, sinus problems and bouts of bronchitis. I understand that a lot of expats have issues of this nature, and I was just wondering when/if I can expect it to stop. This new one means I have to take time off work and miss some important rehearsals and frankly I'm getting pretty fed up with it! I'm drinking Lemsip, breathing in steam etc (all the usual) and absolutely nothing is working. any suggestions? Please?

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Sneezy McMucus.
Multivitamin supplements and lots of sleep might finally shift it.

Do you get much exercise? Maybe if you are constantly feeling crap it's the last thing on your mind but when this current bout starts to shift, build up a schedule of brisk walking or jogging, anything to kick start the immune system.
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

Hmmmm... My friends that suffer from hayfever usually don't get body pains, but I don't know enough about the subject to tell you anything about it. Usually when I start getting a flue I get huge pains on my thigh and belly muscles, but I am still functional.

Have you tried anti-staminics?

EDIT: I was checking what Lemsip is and found out it is for the flu, and doesn't really do much against hayfever and similars. Maybe you are really just wrong medicated? Just ask on the farmacy for a light anti-staminic (though you might actually need a doctor's recepy for those ones... hmmmm...)
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

Well you ought to see a doc, the problem is if it's something out of the ordinary it might take several visits to convince them to dig deeper.

A friend of mine had somewhat similar symptoms and was eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. His name was Anthony so we have called him Tony the Tired since then (non-Frosted Flakes fans won't get that one ).
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Arrghh, you poor thing. I am so sorry you are feeling poorly again. I'd go to your GP and explain that is happening frequently since you are in Neuch and do a proper assessment of the causes. As said you might have asthma or something else, which will require another form of treatment. Big hug xx
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

Hay fever symptoms come in countless varieties and indeed, my own hay fever gives me flu symptoms without the fever Try some OTC antihistamines for a few days to see if it gets better...or visit a doctor speciallized in allergies - he can take a smear from your nose mucus membrane and instantly test if you're overproducing histamines
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

I discovered a large red chestnut tree (red flowers when it blossoms) gives me allergic reaction for two months, despite me not being allergic to anything, usually. Apparently the read chestnut is a strog allergen, we don't have it at home, so my body does not know it. If you can talk to an obsessed botanist, they would tell you if there is anything that is special to the area, maybe it is makig your body react?

Also, I had poorly treated sinusitis last year which took me a year to get over, you should see a specialist for ears/nose/throat, they usually know these things better than a GP, plus can perform a proper xray and swipe the inside of your nose. It's worth the effort, when our kid had 6 bouts of otitis, we were at the end informed that the manufacturer of ATBs that was suggested to us by our ped does not make the specific brand of wide spectrum ATBs the right way, apparently, and the new ATBs treated our child within a few days, no more nasty ear infections. I have an excellent experience with our ENT doc.

I wouldn't run or exort yourself outside just yet, before you rule out the allergies, since you will breathe more pollen. After your check, I agree, you need to probably kick up your immune system, if you can swim indoor now, would probably also help, etc.
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

Ask your doctor to send you for some allergy tests at the local hospital!
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

Sounds awful, and you have lots of great advice above. However, for a wheezy, chesty cough I recommend Prospan. It is produced in Germany, contains dried ivy leaf extract and is absolutely amazing. The other good thing is that is does not react adversely with any prescribed medication. I always take half a dozen bottles back to the UK with me for my friends and relatives (it is not available there).
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

You might want to consider using a neti pot on a regular basis. It gently washes out accumulated particles and microbes that can irritate the tender tissues in your sinuses.

Since I started using one (about 6 years ago), I haven't had a single sinus infection, and I used to have them every year. I also have far fewer colds each year. I know other people who have had similar results.

It might be less effective for allergies, but still helpful, in that a daily rinse reduces the volume of allergens remaining in contact with the membranes.
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

Everyone thinks that allergy symptoms are sneezing etc. Coughing is a major allergy sign. Dont take drugs to stop it find the cause!
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Since I got here, I've suffered from a non-stop barrage of colds, sinus problems and bouts of bronchitis. I understand that a lot of expats have issues of this nature, and I was just wondering when/if I can expect it to stop. This new one means I have to take time off work and miss some important rehearsals and frankly I'm getting pretty fed up with it! I'm drinking Lemsip, breathing in steam etc (all the usual) and absolutely nothing is working. any suggestions? Please?

Yours,

Sneezy McMucus.
I was sooooo sick when I lived in Neuchâtel.
It was constant.
I was allergic to the humidity and the mold.
Are you living in an old house/flat ?

My symptoms cleared within a week of moving.
A pity really, Neuchâtel is lovely and the people are very kind.
I could not stand the climate from October to May.
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But we are in June, and the weather has been wonderful!
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I was sooooo sick when I lived in Neuchâtel.
It was constant.
I was allergic to the humidity and the mold.
Are you living in an old house/flat ?

My symptoms cleared within a week of moving.
A pity really, Neuchâtel is lovely and the people are very kind.
I could not stand the climate from October to May.
Where are you now? I am interested, as I assume that you have moved somewhere that is much more beneficial to your health.
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If near Lausanne, i'd say the climate is very much the same though. Must say I couldn't stand being by either lake during the winter months.
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If near Lausanne, i'd say the climate is very much the same though. Must say I couldn't stand being by either lake during the winter months.
No I've lived/worked all over Switzerland (6 cantons and counting)
Neuchâtel has humidity I can not handle.

This beautiful city is settled between the lake on one side and the mountains on the other, as a result when the clouds are low and the fog roles in in the autumn/winter, you literally get stuck living in a cloud.... well some years.
Not surprising that so many people go to Chaumont.
Yverdon is the same.
I remember thinking when they made the artificial cloud for Expo 02.... why ? nature has already provided

My respiratory system healed quickly when I moved back to the lac Léman.
I love living by the lake
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Re: I'm allergic to Switzerland

I am talking seriously (i have problems also with the skin) and i do gym and after bath steam and then hot sauna.

I discovered this in 2004. First i was on medicin (expensive ones) to remove oil from the skin (humid weather in Portugal)
some for my rhinite (i do not know if the name is like this in English.)

When i started to do gym (cardio) and then 1 hour of SPA 3 times a week.

What a wonderful health i have now.
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