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Something in the air

Post by wannamove » Fri, 16 Dec 2011 9:55 am

is making my skin go crazy - itchy, small bumps. It has been a recurring randomly since I moved to Singapore. I am allergy-prone so I am not surprised. Undoubtedly it is some kind of pollen or some other allergen in the air.

Is there someplace I can get a daily pollen count or air quality report for Singapore air?

I tried google and NUS sites but not much information is available.


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Re: Something in the air

Post by the lynx » Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:02 am

wannamove wrote:is making my skin go crazy - itchy, small bumps. It has been a recurring randomly since I moved to Singapore. I am allergy-prone so I am not surprised. Undoubtedly it is some kind of pollen or some other allergen in the air.

Is there someplace I can get a daily pollen count or air quality report for Singapore air?

I tried google and NUS sites but not much information is available.


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National Environment Agency (NEA) might be a better source, but don't know if it is exactly what you're looking for.

When you said bumps, do you actually mean hives?

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Post by sanjivvohra » Mon, 19 Dec 2011 7:53 pm

Singapore is not really friendly (environment wise) for guys with allergies. I had dormant allergy (dormant for the last 5 years) and it erupted 15 days after I landed here in Sep this year.
Hives on and off. Doesnt seem to have anything to do with pollen I suspect, just the humid and warm weather.

Went to a doc who set me up with a low dosage of medicine.
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Post by the lynx » Mon, 19 Dec 2011 8:19 pm

sanjivvohra wrote:Singapore is not really friendly (environment wise) for guys with allergies. I had dormant allergy (dormant for the last 5 years) and it erupted 15 days after I landed here in Sep this year.
Hives on and off. Doesnt seem to have anything to do with pollen I suspect, just the humid and warm weather.

Went to a doc who set me up with a low dosage of medicine.
I bet it must be antihistamines right?

Anyway I do get hives on and off here and I've been living here for 2 years. Tried considering various factors (water, air, dust, food etc). Hard to pinpoint which one is the trigger but as long as it is not severe and you can cope with it, your body will eventually get used to whatever the trigger may be.

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Post by wannamove » Tue, 20 Dec 2011 4:40 am

Thanks! I could not find anything on the NEA website and that was the first place I looked. As an environmental engineer you would think I would know where to get this kind of data from.

On that note - the rain settled all the allergens and I am good for now but I wish I can find the trigger. I have already been tested for around 50 common allergens and I know what causes me to break out but it is something else in the air here

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Post by sanjivvohra » Tue, 20 Dec 2011 10:33 am

Yes it was anti histamines and I'm down to about 50% of the dose earlier recommended by the doc. I guess my body is getting used to whatever it is that triggered the attack in the first place.

OP, are you allergic to MSG? I try to avoid food at the local food courts since I believe that they use MSG to a large extent. I'm allergic to some foods like shellfish too, and sometimes even the smell of sea food triggers my hives.
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