Saturday, December 14, 2013

Visiting a Japanese Dermatologist

Since coming to Japan John and I have both had some flare-ups with our complexions. I don't know if it's from stress, or differences in the water, or adjusting to a climate that swings from incredibly humid to incredibly dry. I've spent a lot of time trying to find good face wash that would help, which I've detailed here, but I recently read a little about dermatologists here and was really excited by what I found. I told John about it, and we went to one today.  He did the test run, but I may go myself in a few weeks.

In the US I have always thought of going to the dermatologist mostly as a luxury, though they do treat a lot of real conditions too. I certainly never wanted to spend the money just to go for acne. But here it was supposed to be very common to go for acne treatment and very easy, affordable, and covered by national health insurance. I talked to John about it and he found a place in Hiroo, The Hiroo Garden Clinic, that took national health insurance and spoke English.

We were surprised to learn that we could just walk in rather than needing an appointment. When we got there it was pretty crowded, but they saw people very quickly. Both the receptionists and the doctor spoke English and John was also able to fill out all the paperwork in English. The actually appointment probably took less than 5 minutes, which startled John, but it was very efficient. He was given a prescription for an oral antibiotic as well as a topical antibiotic and an acne cream and asked to come back in a week to see how it was working. The total for the visit was 1020 yen (about $10).  We then went to the pharmacy which was just downstair and next door where John was also able to fill out his paperwork in English. It took about 10 minutes for them to be filled, and each one was labeled with dosage instructions in English.  The total for the two creams and a week's worth of oral antibiotics was 1500 yen (about $15).

The clinic is about a 10 minute walk from Hiroo station. It was very clean and pleasant inside and I would definitely recommend it. While we waited we got to watch Toy Story dubbed in Japanese.  Neither of us has spent much time in Hiroo, but the walk to the clinic was very pleasant and the neighborhood seemed really nice. There were lots of cafes and shops that would be nice to visit before or after a doctor's appointment.

Hiroo Garden Clinic
Hours: M-W, F 10:00-1:00 & 3:00-6:00, Sat 10:00-1:00, Closed Thurs, Sun, and holidays
Phone: 03-6427-9198
Address: 7-14-7 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Map

11 comments:

  1. Hey! I am planning to go to this clinic also. How was your condition going? Are you feeling better now?

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    1. Hi! I ended up having an allergic reaction to the oral antibiotic, but now I am only using the topical antibiotic and acne cream and I'm starting to see good results. I hope you have a successful visit as well!

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    2. Had been there just this morning. Thank u very much... I've been reading your other entries and they are entertaining and informative. Keep on writing. :)

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    3. Thank you so much! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog and that the dermatologist worked out for you. :)

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    4. You developed an allergic reaction? What are the symptoms?

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    5. Yes, it wasn't very serious though. I got a rash of tiny red bumps on my neck and across my shoulders.

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  2. Your blog is so helpful and really makes me feel normal experiencing all of the things that I've been experiencing. Thanks for writing.

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm really glad you're enjoying the blog.

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  3. Hi.. I just read your blog and found that it is very helpful. I've stayed in Japan for 6month, and I am experiencing "weather schock" as my skin getting dried and many acnes appears. But I also have allergies on some foods, do you think this doctor can help me get out from this problem?? I thank you in advance

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    1. The dry air in winter is really hard on my skin too. Yes, I do think she will be able to help you with acne and allergies. The services listed on their website includes food allergies. I hope this helps!

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  4. Thank you for this post! I've been looking for a dermatologist .

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