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Air moisture making allergies worse indoors and outdoors

As the snowy winter of 2014 winds down, Loyola allergy specialist Dr. Joseph Leija tells WJOL radio that the Midwest will likely see high counts for mold and pollen this year. Allergy symptoms seem like they're at their the worst in the spring because that's the first time that allergy sufferers are exposed to the environment when the trees are pollinating, he said.

Moisture in the air will be a problem for allergy sufferers both indoors and outdoors. If you have allergies, it's important to control your environment, including covering pillows and mattresses to reduce the effects of mold and dust mites, Dr. Leija said. People who use humidifiers in their homes often make their allergies worse, he said. It's better to keep your air conditioning running at home with your windows closed. 

Dr. Leija is the founder of the Gottlieb Allergy Count. Each weekday morning during allergy season, he conducts the official count for the Midwest of pollen grains and mold spores. You can find it each day on the Loyola Health Twitter feed, @loyolahealth. Learn more at

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