Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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 http://loyolamedicine.org/allergycount

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.