Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

What do people who suffer from environmental or food allergies need to know?

Lots of dust year round, but I guess it depends on how severe your environmental allergies are. Bring an EpiPen from the US if you use one, I don't know if they are available locally. The health unit might be able to help you order yours if you have a prescription. - Feb 2021

There's a lot of dust. Probably not a lot of catering to those with food allergies in local restaurants. - Jan 2020

Environmental allergy sufferers will be miserable here. If the constant layer of dust and dirt in the air doesn't bother you the year-round pollen will, or the insane levels of automobile exhaust, or the residue from the nationwide burning of the sugar-cane fields. My eyes are constantly red and I have almost forgotten what it's like to be able to hear normally because my ears are always blocked and congested. Post-nasal drip will be your constant companion. - Jun 2018

Air quality in the winter is terrible, see above. - Sep 2017

If smog is a problem for you, you won't be able to live here.

My hay fever has been loads better in Egypt. - May 2017

People with dust allergies will have difficulty. People with pollen or mold allergies will be in luck since there's not a lot of either of those around due to the dry climate. - Jan 2016

Egypt is dusty, dusty dusty...but there is enough greenery to cause seasonal irritation. - Jan 2016

Bring Claritin, I suppose. The spring brought some allergies but nothing horrid. - Oct 2014

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