Pollen levels tend to be high in spring and fall in the Central Valley. Recent wet weather is boosting levels even higher.
Dr. A. M. Aminian is an allergy and asthma immunologist at the Allergy Institute. He says, “We have been very busy this year because of all the weather changes and recently many people are coming in with stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, wheezing so it has been a busy time of year for is. It’s one of those busy springs.”
Dr. Aminian says tree pollen is an issue for allergy sufferers right now, along with grass pollen and mold, “Make sure you take your medications. And then nasal washes, nasal rinse is the best thing you can do because pollens get in your nose and you need to get them out.”
Pollen levels are most often highest in the morning. Some allergy sufferers find relief by changing the time of day they exercise or avoiding time outdoors when the pollen count is especially high.
Dr. Aminian says, “Remember that pollens stick to your skin, your hair and your clothing. It’s always good to take a shower and wash your hair before you go to bed.”