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    Tony Alderman

    Fexofenadine. 60mg twice a day!

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    tkoind2

    Move to somewhere without the trees you are allergic to. I know too many people who are nearly permanently on some kind of allergy meds here. That cannot be good for you over the long term. Some take them 6 months out of the year and several a day just to be functional.

    It must be a serious health risk to take so many meds all the time. So for foreigners with this problem, move somewhere that does not have this problem. For Japanese, well, that is a lot harder. But if you can, move away from the allergy areas.

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    Maria

    Use the neti pot daily (rinses out your nasal passage very effectively). The neti pot is a fabulous thing and, contrary to popular belief, is entirely painless and easy to use. Take white or green horseradish powder, nettle root and cayenne supplements. All this won't get rid of it completely, but it'll cut down on the worst of it.

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    JeffLee

    Move to somewhere without the trees you are allergic to.

    I don't think believe that's practical. The forests on hills and mountains on the cities' outskirts produces the pollen. It blows into the cities and flies around easily due to the extensive use of concrete. That's because soft soil and grass, which usually absorb or pin down the pollen, has largely been destroyed in urban areas. The concrete leaves it with nothing to cling to.

    So yes, it's a uniquely Japanese problem: destroy your native forests and plant artificial cedar forests in their place, then leave them to rot, while pouring more and more concrete in your congested cities.

    This country needs to figure out how to harmonize itself with nature. This and a raft of other problems could be solved....if Japanese people had greater awareness, and if Japan's authorities could see the forest for the trees!

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    TheDevilsAssistant

    Move to Okinawa

  • -1

    ChibaChick

    I used to have terrible hayfever back home, but when I came here I was absolutely fine for the first 5 years. It was heaven! Then I developed what I thought was a cold and an ENT doc said to me that after 5 years here foreigners start to get allergy symptoms. I scoffed at it to start with but he was absolutely right and I`ve been copping it every year since!

    I dont think there are any easy answers other than medication which as people point out is not necessarily good in the long term. The ONE non-medical thing I found that helped was lots of ice-cold water - sip it and it takes the itchiness out of your throat and nose too for some weird reason. Keep ice cold eye compresses and they soothe itchy eyes (wear waterproof mascara or none at all!) Its not perfect but it may enable people to reduce their need for meds a little.

    I heard that a teaspoonful of honey every day builds up your immunity over 3 years or so, but it is not that simple because it has to be local honey made from the local plants - not really possible in cities.

    I remember as a kid they wanted me to test a trial hayfever gadget - it was like a big bubble you put over your head with an oxygen pipe and a filter taking the pollen out of the air. Thank God my Mum said no! Can you imagine turning up at school in one of those??!

  • 0

    YongYang

    During the season reduce if not totally forgo alcohol. Seriously, your immune system DIGS it.

  • 0

    AKBfan

    Masks.

  • 0

    slumdog

    Use the neti pot daily (rinses out your nasal passage very effectively).

    It is extremely important not to use straight tap water or it can result in death or injury. It is best ot use distilled or sterilized water.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/08/27/how-not-to-die-using-a-neti-pot/

  • 2

    badsey3

    get rid of you amalgam (mercury) tooth fillings. Causes all sorts of autoimmune reactions.

    go to a low protein diet during the allergy season (eating rice instead of wheat etc). Eat lots of vegetables and minimize or eliminate meats.

  • 1

    Foxie

    Chamomile tea is reputed to relieve hay fever symptoms and smearing chamomile and lemon oil on a tissue and inhale it to prevent hay fever symptoms.

  • 0

    SamuraiBlue

    Although not recommended if you carry Ascaridida(parasitic roundworms) in your gut, they will supress the overreacting immune system which is the cause of allergy.

  • 0

    slumdog

    Although not recommended

    Then why mention it?

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    iceshoecream

    Then I developed what I thought was a cold and an ENT doc said to me that after 5 years here foreigners start to get allergy symptoms.

    And I thought I was the only one. Just before 3/11 my allergies were going crazy. I left for two weeks and I was fine. Came back and boom, my eyes and nose went crazy. And that was my 5th year in Japan. Last year the same thing.

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    SamuraiBlue

    slumdog

    Neither is overclocking but most PC enthusiasts does it anyway because it enhances their PC performance. There are thousands of varieties of parasitic roundworms some are benigning to the host while others are not but they all produce and secrete the suppressant. I know of some doctors who actually uses this method during the high season and then takes vermifuge when the season is over to get rid of the parasites.

  • 0

    Nessie

    A veritable rogues gallery of quack remedies.

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    Frungy

    badsey3Feb. 25, 2013 - 06:04PM JST get rid of you amalgam (mercury) tooth fillings. Causes all sorts of autoimmune reactions.

    This I didn't know. Of course I've had mine for so many years that I doubt that removing them now would have any effect.

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