High Heat and Dangerous Air Quality Cripple The Midwest

Article ID: 607474

Released: 10-Sep-2013 10:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: Loyola University Health System

  • High heat, high humidity and now dangerous air quality plagues the Midwest, says Joseph Leija, MD, allergist who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official count for the Midwest.

Newswise — If the unseasonable heat that is blanketing the Midwest doesn’t affect area residents, the highest mold count for the 2013 allergy reporting season will. Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest, reports the mold count today is 85,000, a high for 2013, and well over the 50,000 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning. “The recent series of hot temperatures and high humidity has created high mold growth,” said Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the only consistent allergy count for the Midwest. “Keep the air conditioning running, take your medication and try to avoid going outside.”

The official Gottlieb Allergy Count for today is: Grass – Low, Mold – Very High, Weeds – Moderate and Ragweed - Moderate. “Today’s outdoor air may cause headaches, congestion and runny noses to those with sensitive respiratory systems, “ says Dr. Leija, who has performed the Gottlieb Allergy Count for more than two decades. “It is also corn harvesting season so the grass count reflects the presence of corn grass and the Fall alerrgy season of ragweed is in full bloom.”

Dr. Leija will offer the Gottlieb Allergy Count until Tuesday, October 15 for the 2013 allergy reporting season.

Tips from Dr. Leija to to safeguard health include rinsing nasal passages with saline solution to remove trapped particles, washing your hair before sleeping at night and staying indoors in air conditioning.

Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, is solely certified by the National Allergy Bureau to perform the daily allergy count for the Midwest.

The Gottlieb Allergy Count is available free to the public, in English, Polish and Spanish, through Twitter; at www.GottliebHospital.org and at 1-866-4-POLLEN (476-5536) .


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