Warm weather sends pollen, allergy complaints skyrocketing

Warm weather is sending pollen levels skyrocketing and allergy sufferers headed to the doctor's office. 

"This year, I presume (the pollen count is) going to be much, much higher than any other year before," Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist at Loyola University Medical Center's Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Maywood, tells the Trib. "We have had a very mild winter, and that's something that helps the trees and everything else to come up sooner.

Leija conducts the National Allergy Bureau's Midwest pollen count, and saw pollen levels in March that were  as high as those usually found in mid-summer. 

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