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Allergy Count Takes Trial Run on March 12

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Increased Pollen, Mold Make 2012 Allergy Season Already "One of the Worst.

Pollen is already in the air in historic highs due to the  mild winter and is creating an  increase in irritation in allergy sufferers. Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist, who performs the official allergy count for the Midwest on behalf of the National Allergy Bureau,  will perform an initial count for the season on Monday,  March 12.

Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, is solely certified by the National Allergy Bureau to perform the daily official allergy count for the Midwest, from April – October. Due to the mild winter season, he is seeing a dramatic increase in those suffering from respiratory illness and allergies. Dr. Leija will sporadically begin reporting the count three weeks early due to high pollen and mold reports nationally. 

For more than two decades, Dr. Leija has risen before sunrise to collect specimens from his pollen catching-machine atop Gottlieb and deliver the count to the public by 7 a.m. The Gottlieb Allergy Count is available in English, Polish and Spanish, through Twitter; at and in English at 1-866-4-POLLEN (476-5536). The Midwest experienced four air-quality alerts for dangerously high mold counts during the 2011 allergy reporting season, making it one of the worst in a decade.

“2012 is already shaping up to be another bad season for those with respiratory conditions,” says Dr. Leija.
Dr. Leija will perform an early Gottlieb Allergy Count for the 2012 allergy reporting season:

  • 7 a.m. or throughout the day
  • Monday, March 12
  • Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
  • 701 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, IL

Dr. Leija is available to talk with reporters, show actual allergens, offer tips and advice, and demonstrate the allergy count atop the roof of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park.

  • Capture Dr. Leija as he performs the first unofficial allergy count of 2012 on  Monday, March 12.
  • Interview Dr. Leija about this historically mild winter that is creating trouble for allergy sufferers.
  • Get his prediction and health tips for the upcoming spring.

For media inquiries, please contact Stasia Thompson at or call (708) 417-5036.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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