Do you have hayfever? graph of japanese statisticsWith the hayfever season still in full swing in Japan – we’ve moved from cedar to hinoki cypress this week – reported on a survey from goo Research into hayfever, looking particularly at where people find out about the pollen forecast.


Between the 22nd and 24th of March 2013 1,079 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample were male, 16.2% in their teens, 18.4% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, 15.7% in their fifties, and 12.0% aged sixty or older.

My hayfever is a little funny this year – I had a horrendous hayfever-like reaction to something at the end of December last year, but despite this year having elevated levels of pollen, all I had was a mildly blocked nose and gentle sneezing. Instead of having to beat the ENT doctor’s door down at the start of March as usual, this time I just went as I had a free afternoon at the end of March, and the doctor seemed surprised that my nose was showing few signs of irritation, so he did a blood test for allergen markers, but I still haven’t got round to picking up the results.

Here’s a link to an online pollen forecast for my prefecture. The pink/purple mark is for “exceptionally large amounts”.

Research results

Q1: Do you have hayfever? (Sample size=1,079)

Yes (to SQs) 45.1%
No 44.1%
Can’t say 10.8%

Q1SQ1: Do you get depressed when the hayfever season comes? (Sample size=487)

Yes 85.6%
No 14.4%

Q1SQ2: What measures do you take to lessen your hayfever? (Sample size=487, multiple answer)

Wear a mask 77.6%
Use eye drops 65.1%
Swallow medicine, use nasal spray 53.6%
Wash face, do nasal irrigation 17.9%
Wear glasses, goggles 16.6%
Other 3.5%

Q1SQ3: Which of the following sources do you check for pollen density forecasts? (Sample size=487, multiple answer)

Television news 67.4%
Newspaper 17.9%
Weather web site 16.8%
Smartphone app 10.1%
Other 0.4%
Don’t check any of them 22.6%

1 Comment

Daniel · April 7, 2013 at 12:29

The first two would be a yes for me, hayfever only effected me last wear in December especially just before Christmas where it felt like a very bad cold but without the symptoms like aches & being tired, I didn’t do anything for it but at least it let up on Christmas day so that was good cause it made me have no appetite so it was great that I was able to eat a lot of food. I don’t think anything in my country tells you about the pollen density, this year it just said that the hayfever season lasted longer than normal.

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