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Combating Hay Fever(January, 2010 )

今回は、花粉症対策について紹介します。

 

February 3rd is Setsubun. Setsubun originally marked the day before the first day of spring, summer, autumn and winter; nowadays, it marks only the day before the first day of spring. Though customs differ by region, many people throw beans while shouting “Fortune in! Demons out!” and it is said that one can maintain good health all year long if they eat the number of beans equal to their age. Since we cannot drive away hay fever by throwing beans this allergy season, we will thus talk about combating allergies.

 

<About Hay Fever>

   Hay fever is a seasonal allergic reaction that occurs in response to allergens, such as pollen, from grasses, weeds and trees. Plants that will cause allergies differ by person. Some common hay fever symptoms include runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. Though there are various means for combating hay fever, the best way is to combine individual methods with medical treatment.

 

<About Pollen Dispersal>

  Pollen is scattered throughout the air all year round, with the peak dispersal season between March and April. Miyazaki prefecture provides pollen information on the internet from February to May.

PC “Pollen and Ultraviolet rays in Miyazaki”: http://www.miyazaki-taiki.jp/kafun/index.php

Cell “Present Pollen Information in Miyazaki”: http://www.miyazaki-taiki.jp/keitai/kafun.html

 

<Prevention>

It is important to know what kind of pollen causes your allergies – this can be found out via tests at a hospital. Receiving preemptive medical treatment before symptoms begin will make coping with hay fever season much easier. Keep yourself informed regarding pollen dispersal forecasts during hay fever season and work to combat pollen-induced allergies.

Away from Home

Wear a mask and glasses designed to protect against pollen, as well as a hat when outside.

Brush pollen off of clothes before entering your home – goes for family and visitors as well.

Gargle and wash your hands, face, eyes and nose after returning home.

If possible, refrain from venturing outside when pollen levels are high, or run errands in the early morning or at night when pollen levels are minimal.

At Home

Clean your home thoroughly and on a regular basis.

Don’t leave windows open on windy, fair weather days. Be sure to air out rooms in your home

 during the early morning and at night when pollen levels are minimal.

Beat dust off of laundry and futons before bringing them inside. Don’t hang laundry outside on windy days –pollen tends to stick to sheets and towels.

Combating Hay Fever through Fitness Training 

Lead a healthy life complete with moderate exercise, reduced stress, and adequate sleep.

Eat a well-balanced diet full of a variety of foods.

 

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