Monday, April 1, 2013

Hay Fever in Japan

For the past month, I've been longing for spring, warmer weather, and viewing the various blossoming trees in Japan.  Unfortunately, along with blooming season, comes Hay Fever.  Hay Fever has been striking some of my immediate family for the last two years; something that none of us have back in The United States.  This continues to baffle me.  Last year, the boys' pediatrician was telling me that our bodies are immune to Hay Fever the first spring season in Japan, but that it can develop during the second year.  There must be some truth to this because along with my family, many of my friends and co-workers have also been suffering. 

Cherry Blossoms can trigger Hay Fever.

A few weeks ago while we were up at Taura Plum Grove viewing the blossoms, I'd had my final straw.  The wind was blowing, the sun was shining, and I was tired of my red-itchy eyes, sneezing, itchy nose, sore throat, etc.  Luckily, my friend that was with us is a nurse and advised me to get some generic Loratadine (Claritin).  It took a day or two to work, but it has helped me function.  I also found some Bausch and Lomb antihistamine eye drops that have worked like a charm.  My son has even used face masks outside....especially if the pollen count is high.

I'm happy that Hay Fever season won't last much longer.  Once the blossoms are gone, I'm hoping to wean myself off the allergy medication and continue to enjoy the Japan I so love.