Sorry, but as an allergy sufferer I am kind of obsessing about how bad the allergy season has been, at least here in the SF Bay Area. Here's another local article confirming it. [Free Reg. Req'd.]
It actually quotes the allergist I went to see about 4-5 years ago when I developed my allergy to alcohol out of the blue, Dr. Theodore Chu.
Of course he must not actually be an allergy suffer to make this article-closing quip:
"My surefire cure for allergies in the spring is to take a couple weeks in Hawaii,'' but, he warns his patients, ``insurance companies don't pay for that."
Ha ha ha. Very funny.
Well, you know what, Dr. Chu, insurance companies don't pay for prescription allergy medication either, now that Claritin is available over the counter!!
That was back when I was covered by UHC. I should see what Kaiser's policy is, I suppose.
I have been suffering, particularly this week, and the article doesn't leave me with much hope with this gloomy prognosis:
With less than one week to go before spring officially ends, there is some relief in sight. Bay Area hills have turned a pale brown, a sure sign that grasses will soon release less pollen -- probably by month's end, Chu said.
Of course, soon after, privets -- popular decorative shrubs -- will begin sending out pollen to waft about in the breeze. After that, weeds begin to bloom. And then there's mold, which is most prevalent from August through December.