With the hayfever season still in full swing in Japan – we’ve moved from cedar to hinoki cypress this week – japan.internet.com 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.