Showing signs of an allergy to pollen is the condition commonly known as hay fever. It will only occur during period when pollen is airborne, but depending upon the type of pollen, hay fever symptoms may occur at anytime of the year. It is considered as a national affliction, and sufferers have increased steadily over the past 20 years. During this time of year, there is a daily pollen forecast predicting the amount of airborne pollen.
Normal symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, a runny nose, a stuffy nose, and itchy eyes. However some sufferers may also experience a sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, headaches, and irritation on the face and other exposed areas of skin.
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FAQ about Hay fever by Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry (In Japanese Only)
Hospitals where a foreign language is available (In English)
(Effective April 2010)