What’s highest right now and how to find it – NBC Chicago

Some seasonal allergens are peaking in the Chicago area, while others are likely to hit in the weeks and months to come this spring, allergy experts say.

According to Loyola Medicine, the trees are in their peak season from March through May, while the grass will be in their peak season from May through June. Mold has its peak season in spring and fall – whenever conditions are “wet”.

Loyola Medicine classifies accounts as low to high risk, then “alert”. When an allergen is marked as “alert”, sensitive people are advised to stay indoors.

Loyola Medicine Allergy Count is updated every weekday morning during allergy season by allergist Dr Rachna Shah, according to the Twitter account.

According to Loyola Medicine, Thursday’s levels would be:

Trees – low – most common – Juniper

Grass – absent

Mussels – bottom

Weeds – absent

Counting is done daily on the roof of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

What exactly are allergies and why do people react differently?

If you have an allergy, your immune system is overreacting to a substance you’ve inhaled, touched, or eaten, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

“Allergies are hereditary. People inherit the ability to be allergic, but they don’t inherit exactly what they’re allergic to,” said Dr. Richard Wasserman, medical director of pediatric allergy and medicine. immunology at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. . “So people who have one parent with allergies have about a 50% chance of developing allergies. If both parents have an allergic disease, it’s about 80%.”

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, is usually triggered by outside allergens such as pollen and mold spores.

“Rose fever, hay fever are sort of household names for allergy. Hay fever is probably mostly caused by mold,” Wasserman said. “Mildew is another thing that people get allergic to. Mold likes to grow in moist environments like haystacks or barns, so that’s the association there.”

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