STOCKTON, CA - The peak of pollen season is about to hit and depending on Mother Nature, allergy sufferers may have several more weeks or even months of uncomfortable symptoms.
"We had a really wet winter and we started to see tree pollen early, back in February," said allergist Dr. Greg Bensch, who saw 18 patients with allergies before noon Wednesday.
Bensch added, "April and May are on par to be the worst. The peak of the pollen season will be in May, with things hopefully drying up in June."
Some allergy sufferers are fighting pollen with its own plants. Becoming a vegetarian or vegan to combat allergy symptoms is one idea being spread through the Internet.
A nutritionist at the University of the Pacific said it's a popular idea under discussion among dietitians.
"The idea is that there are certain foods that will alleviate allergies and others that will make symptoms worse," said Alexandra Caspero, a registered dietitian.