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Today is the Last Day of the 2013 Season for Gottlieb Allergy Count

MELROSE PARK, Ill. – With the Gottlieb Allergy Count reporting season coming to an end, allergist Joseph Leija, MD, offers a look back at this year and compares it with 2012 and previous years.

“The weather dictates the start and stop dates and because of the milder spring the last two years, reporting began as early as the first week in March,” said Leija, who has performed the Gottlieb Allergy Count for more than a decade.

“Tree pollen was the first to be counted and surprisingly we had the exact number of “high” reporting days both years,” Leija said. “We reported one “very high” alert in March 2012."

Grass pollen followed as early as March in 2012 and April in 2013. “I reported 30 percent more “high” readings in 2013,” Leija said. “Though the season peaked in May both years, we still saw an occasional corn grass pollen into late September."

Weeds peaked in the late spring both years. “In 2013 we saw 25 percent more “high” readings, with ragweed having twice as many as in 2012,” Leija said.

The last two years had several “very high” mold alerts and more than 50 percent more “high” counts than in  2011.  “In 2012 and 2013 we had more record-breaking days with the highest counts since we began keeping records in 2000,” Leija said. “I counted more than 125,000 mold spores per cubic meter!"

Weather permitting, Dr. Leija and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital will resume the Gottlieb Allergy Count allergy reporting next March.

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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