Pollen dusting Monterey Peninsula streets


ACTION NEWS REPORTER BIANCA BELTRAN JOINS US WITH MORE ON WHY NOW? REPORTER: THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, THE LACK OF RAIN AND WARM WEATHER HAS GIVEN TREES THE CHANCE TO RELEASE THE POLLEN, SENDING A LOT OF RESIDENCE IN SEARCH — RESIDENTS IN SEARCH OF RELIEF. AND AN EXPERT SAYS THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.>>CLOUDS OF LITTLE YELLOW POLLEN BILLOWING EVERYWHERE AND COATING EVERYTHING. REPORTER: THAT’S WHAT RESIDENTS ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA ARE SEEING, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS WHERE THERE ARE A LOT OF PINE, CEDAR AND JUNIPER TREES.>>IT’S A NUISANCE, PROBABLY GOOD FOR THE ALLERGISTS. REPORTER: AND HE IS NOT WRONG.>>WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF PATIENTS IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO , COMPLAINING THAT THEIR ALLERGIES HAVE REALLY BECOME BAD. IT’S MAKING THEM SNEEZE, HAVE RUNNY NOSE, ITCHY EYES, SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COUGHING, WHEEZING, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, THEY ARE MISERABLE RIGHT NOW. REPORTER: DOCTOR PRAGER HAS BEEN COLLECTING AND ANALYZING POLLEN IN MONTEREY FOR FIFTEEN YEARS AND HE SAYS IT’S GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER.>>I THINK THIS YEAR WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BAD WEED AND GRASS SEASON. THIS WILL BE IN THE SPRINGTIME, SOMETHING WE HAVE NOT HAD IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT THE TREE POLLEN I THOUGHT WOULD BE LOW THIS YEAR WITH THE RAINS, IT’S COMING BACK WITH A VENGEANCE.>>I WOULD RECOMMEND, THIS WORKS BEST FOR ME. REPORTER: WITH MORE ALLERGY TREATMENTS AVAILABLE OVER THE COUNTER, DRUG STORES LIKE THE ONE IN CARMEL ARE KEEPING BUSY.>>THERE’S A LOT OF TRAFFIC RECENTLY ESPECIALLY WHEN THE , TOURISTS ARE COMING INTO TOWN, WHEN YOU RELOCATE TO A DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS YOU ARE EXPOSED TO DIFFERENT POLLENS AND ALLERGENS IN THE AIR THAT YOU MAY NOT OTHERWISE BE USED TO . REPORTER: AND THE DOCTOR RECOMMENDS THAT THE POLLEN COUNT IS HIGHER IN THE MORNING, SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO MOVE ACTIVITIES TO

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