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Sixty seconds on . . . hay fever

BMJ 2023 ; 381 doi: (Published 13 April 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p847
  1. Mun-Keat Looi
  1. The BMJ

Bless you

Quite. And you’re not the only one to have their spring and summer ruined by itchy and runny eyes and nose. Japan has seen a record 20% increase in hay fever over the past 20 years. The amount of pollen wafting around is the highest in the past decade, with last summer notable for being particularly dry with more sunlight. 1

Knot to be sniffed at

Indeed. With about 40% of Japanese people getting hay fever, the effect on the economy is dire, with …

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