What do people who suffer from environmental or food allergies need to know?
Ingredients lists on food items are often only available in Polish. Even when the original packaging listed the ingredients in English or another language, it will be covered with a Polish-language sticker. That said, vegan, lactose-free, and (increasingly) gluten-free food options are becoming increasingly common. However, peanut/nut labelling is rare. - Sep 2019
Learn a few words in Polish about your food allergies, because English won't always work, especially outside of Warsaw. - May 2018
Asthma and seasonal allergies are an issue here but generally anti-allergy meds and inhalers can address this. - Apr 2018
Ask when ordering your food, have a list of foods translated that you cannot eat and keep it with you. - Dec 2016
I don't know anything about food allergies. Seasonal allergies can be a problem because of all the flowering trees in Europe in the spring. Also, central air conditioning is pretty rare, so you won't get the filtering that you would in the States. We run portable air filters year-round in our apartment for that reason. - Mar 2016
There are a lot of trees and weeds here so be prepared for seasonal allergies such as ragweeed, etc. You can get every over-the-counter medicine for allergies. - Nov 2014