Allergies and Pollen Count

March 16, 2012 4:52:34 AM PDT
Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist at Loyola's Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, which is the official allergy count for the Midwest and is certified by the National Allergy Bureau.


Here is a link to the Gottlieb Memoiral Hospital web page where you will see the actual Twitter feed with the Gottlieb Allergy Count, and also explanatory charts regarding pollen, mold and thresholds, etc. and information on understanding the count :

Dr. Leija recommends the following health tips for those with breathing conditions:

- Keep windows closed in your home and also in your car to protect indoor air for improved breathing.

- Run the air conditioning or air cleaning systems to remove allergens and also humidity from indoor air for better breathing.

- Wash hair before sleeping to remove any trapped allergens.

- Take medication as prescribed and see your allergist if symptoms worsen.

The Gottlieb Allergy Count is available in English, Polish and Spanish, through Twitter; at and in English at 1-866-4-POLLEN (476-5536).