Move over Polar Vortex, it’s now time for the Pollen Vortex

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From the polar vortex to the pollen vortex, allergy season has arrived with a bang in Chicago prompting an air quality warning.

allergiesAllergist Dr. Joseph Leija performs the pollen count from the roof of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park. He’s the only person in the Midwest who can do it on behalf of the National Allergy Bureau. And what he’s seeing right now is simply off the charts.

“People don’t know about it, that they have something like that,” he said.   “And think it’s a cold and they take medication, antibiotics. There’s no need for that. They need medication for allergies.”

Allergy medication is being strongly recommended right now. As is controlling your environment and your indoor air quality.

To minimize allergy symptoms, try closing windows in your home washing your hair before sleeping at night rinsing nasal passages with saline solution.

Allergy medication is highly recommended.



More info at:

The Gottlieb Allergy Count:

@GottliebAllergy or


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