Television most popular hayfever forecast source

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 – japan.internet.com reported on a survey from goo Research into hayfever, looking particularly at where people find out about the pollen forecast.

Demographics

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”.
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How Japanese handle hayfever

Compared to recent years, how are your hayfever symptoms this year? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on a survey by Weather News, entitled the first survey into hayfever.

Demographics

Between the 8th and 12th of March 2013 over 40,000 users of the Weather News web site completed a public survey. No further information was presented, including how many people actually reported having hayfever, although it might be that only hayfever sufferers completed the survey.

My hayfever actually started at the end of December, and I had to go to the doctor. However, it soon went away, then restarted at the start of March, and seems to come and go, but definitely lighter symptoms than last year, and I think we’ve now passed the worse of the cedar pollen.
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Masks and eye drops the favoured hayfever counter-measures

Do you get hayfever? graph of japanese statisticsWith Japan being in the middle of the ceder pollen season, the most common pollen allergen, this survey from goo Research into hayfever, reported on by japan.internet.com, is quite timely.

Demographics

Between the 12th and 14th of March 2012 1,086 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample were male, 16.5% in their teens, 18.0% in their twenties, 21.6% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, 15.7% in their fifties, and 12.0% aged sixty or older.

I get a runny nose, and this year also quite itchy eyes, so I’ve long ago ran to the Ear Nose and Throat quack (he’s good, I recommend him) and got pills, nasal spray and eye drops. The nose spray has long since run out, but the non-drowsy pills are just managing to keep the worst symptoms away, touch any wood except ceder.
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Six sneezes a day is moderate hayfever

iShare published the third part of their hayfever surveys for 2011; this repeated most of the results from the second survey, however, so there is only one new answer to report today.

Demographics

Between the 17th and 20th of December 2010 2,766 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.6% of the sample were male, 14.6% in their twenties, 37.3% in their thirties, and 48.1% in their forties.

I didn’t have a clue about the measure, but it would have been interesting to see how many of the people from Q2 who reported mild hayfever were actually moderate.
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Hayfever affects one in three in Japan

Do you get hayfever? graph of japanese statisticsAt least according on this recent survey from iShare into hayfever, their second survey this season; actually, this survey is the second half of the first one, as the demographics and survey dates are identical.

Demographics

Between the 17th and 20th of December 2010 2,766 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.6% of the sample were male, 14.6% in their twenties, 37.3% in their thirties, and 48.1% in their forties.

The last two seasons towards the end of April things have got too much for me and I’ve had to resort to visiting a local ENT clinic. The anti-histamines always knock me out, so I ask not to get the prescribed, but the other two I get to turn off the taps work well and get me through the last few weeks of the season.
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Worst jobs to have hayfever at

Here’s a little bit of a silly spacefiller from iShare, looking at hayfever, a survey that seems to be the first in a series, but how often they will be carrying it out, it doesn’t say, but given that the survey was conducted in December, I hope they have a monthly report.

Demographics

Between the 17th and 20th of December 2010 2,766 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.6% of the sample were male, 14.6% in their twenties, 37.3% in their thirties, and 48.1% in their forties.

This year (actually, it seems to be every year we get a similar prediction) the ceder pollen, the most common one for causing allergies in Japan, is supposed to be five times the average. It took me about five years to get hayfever in Japan – I also have rapeseed allergy, but there’s none in Japan – but on the positive side, I used to have awful mosquito allergy and would get huge swollen arms, but that’s gone away. On the other hand, it could have been a bedbug allergy as it went away as soon as I got married…
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Hayfever countermeasures in Japan

Do you suffer from hayfever? graph of japanese statisticsAs I am currently suffering from a really badly-running nose, to such an extent that I’m in danger of dropping nose-water, to directly translate the Japanese term, on my keyboard, this recent survey from goo Research and reported on by japan.internet.com into hayfever is most timely for me.

Demographics

Between the 26th and 31st of March 2009 1,062 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were male, 17.0% in their teens, 17.6% in their twenties, 21.1% in their thirties, 16.1% in their forties, 15.7% in their fifties, and 12.4% aged sixty or older.

In Q1SQ1 and Q1SQ2 there is the implication, I believe, that the medicines taken are over-the-counter drugs (and quackery), with prescribed cures falling under the “attending hospital” answer.

Any mistakes you find in this entry I blame on the hayfever!
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