Luckily I got to see the posts before they were deleted by the Boss, msr. Seeing as though there isn't a post on the subject, as far as I can discover at any rate, would it be an idea to leave the posts up as a source of info for anyone else seeking answers about hayfever.
Hayfever/seasonal allergies affect 1 in 5 folk (allegedly) and I dare say many are currently serving and it is interesting to hear about how different people deal with the condition (declared or otherwise). A separate thread perhaps, I dunno.
I'm new here, so what do I know!
Having just had my medical for the Sigs, I was passed (and they were well aware of my hay fever - I told them I was only taking Over the Counter stuff for it.) Of course, you may find it completely different and end up with a doc who bins you for having any fillings.
Having not toured yet, I can only make an educated guess that hayfever wont be an issue in the middle east. I have hayfever and spend a lot of summers in Cyprus and Turkey, and have never even had a smitten of hayfever. By all accounts, the environment of these two places is very much similar to the middle east. Others may be able to confirm this.
On my medical I was quite quite clear with the doc as to my having hayfever and what I took for it (OTC stuff, no not -that- OTC) and it wasn't a problem.
As far as allergies go:
Peanuts: One whiff of nut and you die
Eggs: Your face goes all blotchy and you explode
Stings: You have a ******* heart attack
Pollen: You have a cold for all intents and purposes (if you don't take your medicine which is about a quid for a months supply from Tesco)