I had no idea of all the airborne irritants I’d have to battle before moving here.
I’m an asthmatic and I also have allergies. In Saipan things were pretty much under control with only occasional issues.
Not so here -thanks to the Takala Makan and Gobi deserts. Not to mention the Loess Plateau.
During later winter and spring dust particles from the deserts are driven across Korea by westerly winds right smack over us here in Kyushu.
The ” dust” or kousa as its called here- is nasty stuff. They have analysed it and found it to be a mix of minerals like quartz, fieldspar, mica and a few others. It also contains pollutants from Chinese factories.
You can imagine how it feels living with this junk floating around you. It’s gritty and if I don’t know we are being bombarded by it because I can’t understand the radio broadcasts and no one tells me I soon realize it when my eyes feel like someone pepper sprayed me.
You can feel the stuff on the floor or the furniture if you’ve had the windows open.
This week was bad. Monday and Tuesday our eyes hurt so bad. I felt just like I had washed them in grit or Tabasco.
It causes a number of ailments- sore throat, headache, sinus and respiratory issues, burning eyes and tiredness. Sometimes your skin itches.
I finally figured out why I was feeling so poor this week ( duh) and today was much better with the windows closed and the AC on.
I’ve got to go out tomorrow and I saw that the particulate matter is supposed to be in the orange and red zone- gah.