TAMPA (FOX 13) - It's official: Everything is covered in pollen in the Bay Area.
Even those not normally bothered by pollen allergies say they are feeling the effects.
It's coating car windows and infiltrating our airways.
"It's terrible," Joy Winheim said. "You wake up in the morning and although you're indoors you can't breathe. You're just stuffed up and your constantly blowing your nose."
The problem is at it's worst this time of year. With trees typically pollinating from February to April, mid-March is a peak time for high pollen amounts and people with allergies aren't the only ones at risk.
"People that are susceptible to pollen are feeling it right now," FOX 13's Dr. Jo said. "Even people with low sensitivities are feeling it."
Many are turning to allergy medication like Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra. Inhalers like Flonase and Rhinocort are also an option.
"Steroid inhalers. You can buy those over-the-counter now," Dr. Jo said. "They are extremely effective in helping you reduce your symptoms."
Others are finding some resolve by avoiding the outdoors.
"I stay in the house because I don't want to breathe it," Roseanne Vercamen said. "I wash everything all the time. I don't want it coming into my home. I don't open my windows. It's just horrible."
For allergy sufferers struggling to find relief, consult your doctor for the best remedy, especially if your symptoms continue to worsen.
With pollen numbers still rising, experts say we might not see any symptom relief until May.