This week, with the first day of spring still a week away, almond and apricot trees surrounding town were filled with blossoms.
The bloom has put a large amount of pollen into the air, which can aggravate allergic reactions in people sensitive to the pollen.
Dr. Jun Lu, 34, an allergist with Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Stockton has seen a steady flow of patients suffering from allergy symptoms recently.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in the past month, Lu said. “We have had a ton of patients suffering from itchy eyes and itchy noses along with asthma problems.”
Lu said the high pollen counts in recent weeks can also trigger asthma problems.
Pollen counts have been rising since mid February, Lu said, with mostly tree pollens affecting patients now.
He recommended allergy sufferers close their windows at night when pollens are released and install a HEPA filter for household air systems to help screen out the pollen.
Over-the -counter medications can help relieve the symptoms, but he said this is just an early start to the season.
While trees are blooming early now grasses and then weeds are expected to begin their pollination in about a month he said.
According to WeatherChannel.com, Patterson has a particularly high pollen count for ash and oak trees. The count for grasses and weeds, however, is relatively low.
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