How do you beat kafunsho?
It's the beginning of May and kafunsho has hit me real hard this year - itchy eyes, clogged nose, itchy throat - particularly early in the morning. I don't like wearing masks and taking drowsy medicines but is this really the only way to go?
There are newer types of antihystamines that don't make you drowsy, such as Loratadine (Claritin), Cetirizine (Zyrtec) and Fexofenadine (Allegra). Note that depending on what country you are from the brand names might be something else. All are one pill for 24 hours, and used to be prescription meds but now are OTC. Now comes the problem. Any OTC meds are generally wildly overpriced in Japan, if you could get them at all. It'd be best to have your family send you a bottle or two. By all means get a generic instead of paying full price for the original maker though. Costco has all 3 and theirs are a small fraction of what the original makers charge.
Hi Sherilyn, sometimes the medicine is the only way to beat the allergy. However, my friends take it only if they have an allergy to house dust, because it lasts all year round 24 hours non-stop.
I also have a kafunsho and I just sneeze and drink herbal teas. They say that amacha (hydrangea) and nettle tea are good, but so far the result is very small. Some people also drink a lot of green leaf vegetables smoothies before kafunsho season.