Sacramento is known as the "City of Trees." One drawback is
pollen that many of those flowering trees produce.
"It's so pretty but the people who have really bad allergies
are very miserable during this time of year."
Dr. Nayoung Kim is an allergist with Kaiser Permanente in
Sacramento. She says people are coming into the hospital
complaining of: itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing.
Kaiser recruited Dr. Kim from the National Institute of Health
in Washington DC to help deal with the onslaught of
"They needed more allergists so I'm out here."
Meteorologist Holly Osborne with the National Weather Service
in Sacramento says above normal temperatures are exacerbating the
"Most things are blooming now…we also had the northerly
winds and that can help spread all the pollen in the trees and
plants and make people's allergies worse."
Dr. Kim's advice for dealing with pollen allergies is to close
your windows and stay inside as much as you can.