Got allergies in Sweden? Here’s the guide for you

Allergies come in all shapes and sizes, but whatever their form, they really are a pain. Sometimes literally. Here’s how to fight them – like a Swede!

Got allergies in Sweden? Here’s the guide for you
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Here in Sweden we’ve waited long enough for summer – so we’re not about to let allergies get in the way of enjoying it.

Whatever your allergy, and however you may react to it, Apotek Hjärtat – Sweden’s largest pharmacy chain – has the product for you. Here’s The Local’s guide to which products you need to kick that allergy on the nose.

Apotek Hjärtat’s online shop has helpful sections based on type of allergy and product – let’s address them one by one so you can find just what you need.

Allergy tablets

A quick pill pop is probably the quickest way to beat any allergy. Pain-free and easy (the exact opposite of allergies).

Apotek Hjärtat stocks a great range of products: Kestine’s coated tablets deal with hay fever, conjunctivitis, and urticarial; Zyrlex’s tablets deal with temporary symptoms such as itchy eyes and runny noses; Allegra’s coated tablets deal with pollen… you get the gist – anything can be fought with a tablet!

The site currently is only in Swedish, but if your Swedish isn't up to scratch, don’t worry – just head to your closest Apotek Hjärtat branch for help in English.

Nasal sprays

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Constant sneezing, runny nose, or even a severe case of the sniffles are all surefire ways to dampen the mood at your summer party.

A quick spritz up your nostrils with a nasal spray can provide relief. Look out for sprays from brands like Nasonex, Rhinocort, Livostin and Becotide. Find those, and plenty more here.


This is a big one starting from about April in most parts of the country. With spring comes pollen. But don’t let pollen ruin your first foray into the sun after the long winter. Arm yourself with tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops so you can frolic in the beautiful Swedish sunshine with no fight from your body!

Browse the whole section of pollen allergy products here.

Contact Allergies

Have you ever reacted to cheap jewellery? Or certain skin care products? Or latex? Chances are you may have a contact allergy – and an excuse to splurge on expensive sensitive-skin jewellery and skin care products!

Contact allergies can result in cracked skin and blisters, but with the application of hydrocortisone cream, you’ll be right as rain.

Click here to browse Apotek Hjärtat’s range of products for this type of allergy and find what is most suitable for you.

Food Allergies

It’s really quite annoying when a food intolerance gets in the way of enjoying a freshly baked bread, or an exquisite cheeseboard.

While gluten intolerance cannot be treated by pharmaceutical products (gluten allergies can be incredibly serious, if you feel you are suffering from one, seek a doctor’s advice immediately), lactose intolerance can!

Did you know that Swedes drink more milk than any other nationality besides the Finns? And yet, about one in four Swedes is lactose intolerant. How do they manage?

There’s a pill for that!

A Lactrase a day will keep the flatulence and bloating at bay… but still, it’s probably best not to eat a whole wheel of brie.

Animal/dust allergies

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Fluffy and Fido – okay, no, in Sweden it’s probably Findus and Smulan – are family, we know. But that doesn't mean you have to put up with red eyes every time you visit your girlfriend and her cat.

Banish those red eyes with Lomudal’s eye drops, or combat runny noses, itching and eye symptoms with Loratadine’s Actavis tablets.

Don’t let a measly little allergy get in the way of quality time with your best furry friend. Check out the range of products stocked at Apotek Hjärtat here.

Eye drops

There is nothing worse than having your enjoyment of the summer sun ruined by itchy, red, watery eyes. For instant relief, try Zaditen eye drops, or Thealoz eye drops to calm redness.

Bear in mind that everyone’s eyes are different, and a treatment that might suit one person may not suit you, so talk to your pharmacist to find out what suits you the best.

Children’s allergies

Children are delicate little beings susceptible to a whole host of horrible nasties. Be it runny noses, itchy eyes or sneezing (or a combination of all those things), Apotek Hjärtat has a range of products – like those from Lecrolyn– that are gentle enough for your mini-me, but strong enough to fight off those pesky allergens.

Check out the extensive range here

Photo: Apotek Hjärtat/Flickr

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Apotek Hjärtat.



Kestine tabletter: Receptfritt läkemedel med ebastin. Vid tillfälliga allergiska besvär såsom röda, rinnande och kliande ögon samt rinnsnuva, nästäppa och nysningar. Vid svårare besvär kan dosen ökas till 2 tabletter dagligen. Från 12 år.

Zyrlex tabletter: Receptfritt läkemedel med cetirizin. Vid tillfälliga allergiska besvär. Från 6 år.

Nasonex nässpray: Receptfritt läkemedel med mometason för behandling av allergiska besvär från näsan (nästäppa, rinnsnuva, nysningar, klåda). Från 18 år. Kontakta läkare om du inte blir bättre inom 14 dagar.

Rhinocort nässpray: Receptfritt läkemedel med budesonid för behandling av rinnsnuva, nästäppa, nysningar och eller klåda i näsan orsakad av allergi mot tex pollen. Från 6 år. Kontakta läkare om du inte blir bättre inom 14 dagar.

Becotide nässpray: Receptfritt läkemedel med beklametason för behandling av allergisk snuva och nästäppa. Motverkar inflammation. Från 18 år.

Lomudal ögondroppar: Receptfritt läkemedel med natriumkromoglikat. Vid tillfälliga allergiska besvär med kliande, rinnande, röda och svullna ögon. Kan användas av barn, gravida och ammande.

Loratadin Actavis tabletter: Receptfritt läkemedel med loratadin. Mot klåda, snuva och ögonbesvär vid allergi. Från 12 år.

Lecrolyn ögondroppar: Receptfritt läkemedel med natriumkromoglikat som används vid behandling av ögonbesvär med t ex rodnad, klåda och ökat tårflöde vid pollenallergi. För vuxna och barn.

Zaditen ödondroppar: Receptfritt läkemedel med ketotifen som används vid behandling av ögonbesvär vid pollenallergi. Från 3 år.

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New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries.