Allergy Season in Japan
Many people suffer from runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing during the spring. In Japan, about 60 types of different pollen is said to be causing pollen allergy but mostly caused by sugi (Japanese cedar) and hinoki (Japanese cypress), planted after World War II as a part of a reforestation project. As these trees reach maturation, they are producing more pollen.
Yamaguchi is expecting much less pollen than last year, but here are some tips for those of you who are allergic to pollen:
Reduce exposure to pollen by wearing masks or special eyeglasses to effectively block pollen. Many allergy products are available at your local drugstore, from masks, eye drops, nose plugs, to over-the-counter medicine. Don’t hang your laundry outside and change your clothes after going outside. Gargling, washing your face, and taking a shower after going outside may also help. Clean your house often. Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning with filters. Wear a coat with a smooth surface.
Get relief from hay fever by going to the doctor and getting medication before pollen levels get worse. Talk to your doctor on whether you should continue taking it through the season as your symptoms ease and if they don’t get better, what other treatments are available.