High Mold Counts Measured In Chicago Area

High Mold Counts Measured In Chicago Area

  • Posted: Sep 03, 2015
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The Chicago area is no stranger to danger. This particular hazard, though, is one of a different color – or should we say spore? High mold counts are causing dangerous air quality levels in and around Chicago.

Allergist-immunologist Dr. Joesph Leija of Melrose Park measured allergen levels at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and Wednesday morning saw result that he knew signaled bad news for allergy sufferers. He noted that this mold count is the highest it’s been in nearly a year.

On Wednesday, September 2, Dr. Leija observed 76,000 mold spores per cubic meter (zero to 6,500 is considered “low,” 6,500 to 13,000 is “moderate,” 13,000 to 50,000 is “high,” and anything over 50,000 is “very high.” Seventy-six thousand mold spores per cubic meter signals high mold counts of nearly catastrophic proportions.

Dr. Leija pointed to extreme humidity and large amounts of fog as the culprits for increasingly severe mold allergies.

Illinois mold allergy sufferer Susan Pacocha didn’t need mold spore counts to tell her 2015 was a bad year for her mold allergies. All season long she has complained of head congestion and nasal drainage, both of which are unpleasant for anyone.

Illinois mold allergy patients can control their symptoms by effectively maintaining their indoor environments with air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and routine mold tests, seeing as not all mold is visible.

This invisible mold is one of the worst problems for those with allergies. Often, mold allergy sufferers don’t even realize they are allergic to mold until they have an unrelated water damage problem and call in a specialist to test for resulting mold – and the specialist ends up finding a bigger problem going on behind the scenes.

Dr. Leija assures homeowners and those with mold allergies that the high counts of outdoor mold spores will subside when the humidity and heat decrease with the changing seasons.

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