Newswise — The Midwest is experiencing very dangerous levels of mold in the air which will result in headaches, itchy throats and runny noses for those with sensitive respiratory systems. Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest, reports the mold count today is 125,000, a high for 2013, and well over the 50,000 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning. “The heat, the humidity and the rains have created a dangerous concentration of mold that is a real health hazard for many in the Midwest today,” says Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist, who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the only consistent allergy count for the Midwest. “Today is no TGIF as many will be running to their allergists for relief.”

The official Gottlieb Allergy Count for today is: No Trees, No Grass, Mold – Very High – Air Alert Status, Weeds – Low and Ragweed – Low. “Run the air conditioning, stay indoors and take your allergy medication,” advises Dr. Leija, who has performed the Gottlieb Allergy Count for more than two decades.

Dr. Leija is available to the media today for interviews, to show today’s pollen catch and to demonstrate the count process. Media please call Stasia Thompson at 708 417 5036.

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 and at 1-866-4-POLLEN (476-5536) .

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