‘Dangerously High’ Tree Pollen Makes For Miserable Allergies

CHICAGO (CBS) — Having summer suddenly make an appearance in mid-March is causing an ugly dark side for some people.

Because of the heat wave, plants are budding early and causing “dangerously high” tree pollen levels that could make allergy sufferers miserable, officials say.

The tree pollen count for Wednesday, was 1,600, more than the 1,500 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning, said Dr. Joseph Leija, who performs the Midwest’s official daily allergy count at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park.

This first air quality alert of the year comes just seven days after officials began recording allergy counts for the spring season, a release from the hospital said.

In addition to very high levels of tree pollen, eyes are watering and noses running from moderate levels of weeds and low levels of grass, mold and ragweed, the release said.

“The warm March temperatures and sunny skies have encouraged the early budding of trees and flowers and my phones at Gottlieb are ringing with sufferers seeking relief,” Leija said in the release.

Headaches, sinus congestion, runny noses and fatigue will be common among Chicagoans today, when many Midwesterners could be “very miserable,” the doctor said.

“Ragweed in March is unheard of in the Midwest,” Leija said in the release. “I have never seen an allergy count so unusual.”

CBS 2 Morning News expert Dr. Dragan Djordjevic says the number of patients complaining of allergy symptoms has skyrocketed at his office at Rush University Medical Center in just the past 10 days.

“It’s amazing – 10 days ago; two weeks ago when I was here, things were just starting,” Djordjevic said. “But really over the last 10 days, I’ve had many more people calling me complaining of itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, head congestion – so with trees pollinating earlier, the warmer weather – even though it’s a blessing for us getting out and about – has really caused people’s allergies to suffer.”

Allergies are typically treated with antihistamines – either in the form of a pill or a nasal spray. Prescription corticosteroid nasal sprays are also used, as are antihistamine eye drops.

“I typically like to use both an antihistamine in tablet form, along with a steroid nasal spray,” Djordjevic said. “The combination tends to work better than either one alone.”

Djordjevic says preemptive medical treatment is preferable to closing all the windows and shutting yourself in

“If you’re an allergy sufferer, the key thing is to try and prevent a lot of the symptoms coming on, so if you know that this is the time of year when things get bad for you, you try to preempt the symptoms that you get by taking your antihistamines on a consistent basis and using your nasal sprays on a consistent basis,” he said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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  • Locke

    Now trees are dangerous! Run from the killer trees and their spewing pollen of death!

    RUUUNNN! *screams*

    • Steven

      You are right of course. There is no such thing as dangerous pollen or dangerous pollen levels.

      This is liberal hysteria aimed at making anti-pollen laws or spending money that this Nation does not have to inanely study natural occurrences in nature.

      Geez this is the most stupid type of hysteria reporting since lightening & rain storms warrant interrupting prime time programming to report on rain.

      The sky is falling…the sky is falling!!!! Give me a break!

    • RJT

      1600?? The pollen count here in Atlanta was 9000 the other day..stop complaining.

    • Trish

      LOL. i thought the same thing.

    • Pollenate this

      People are worried about pollen levels and the world is collapsing.

      If there is a story that isn’t news worthy, the American media will certainly find it and run it, to keep toothless cretin morons in America off the real issues of the day.

      Like the collapsing dollar, the trampling of the Constitution, the erosion of American exceptionalism, you know that boring stuff that no one cares about.

      Worried about pollen? You have bigger things to worry about America.


    • Danny

      Locke, you’re a moron.

      • Adrew Breitbart

        I’ll contribute to the get some humor fund.

      • Locke is brilliant

        No Dummy, Locke is a satirist, and quite good at it. Im sure everyone here will donate money for you to go buy some humor.

  • Rick O'Shea

    Have’em hold their breath, after all they’re emitting CO2, declared a dangerous pollutant by the Supreme Court, and endangering everyone else.

    • gringgrong

      Obviously you are not an allergy sufferer. It sucks. Current medications don’t work well for all people and so many DO suffer, myself included.

      • Magilla

        Eat more locally produced Honey. It does work, meds just cause more problems

  • Al of GA

    The pollen count in the Atlantta, GA area yesterday was well over 9100 and we didn’t see people dropping dead over it. Dangerously high at 1500? Not for me.

    • Michael

      I’m in Atlanta too and if people are complaining about a pollen count of 1500 then they need to grow a pair! I haven’t heard of anyone dying around here!

    • Forward Observer

      Ever had an asthma attack? No, I didn’t think so. Asthma kills thousands of people every year. If you can’t show a little compassion, at least do a little research numbnut.

  • Al

    Pollen…..algae…..just more biofuel for the wackos

  • David Maxwell

    Whooo, ahhhh arrrg, dangerous pollen, disappearing polar bears, planet on fire, melting icebergs. No let’s get to the real problem, disappearing reason.

  • Randy Duke

    What a crock of horse manure! Chicago denizens really suck….Horseshiatt!

  • Randy Duke

    THE GREENIES ARE DESPERATE, iNDEED! When the republicans win this coming November, look out, they will be silenced forever!

    • Bubba

      You are an idiot.

    • derp

      You’re an idiot.

  • Slatts MoHawk

    Be afraid of pollen, not the real unemployment rate of 22%, not the current and pending illegal wars, not the crashing of home prices or the skyrocketing cost of goods … you need to watch out for the evil pollen … lurking .. waiting to get you.

    ================= http://911essentials.com

    • Lamprey Guildstrophe

      After Abraham Lincoln invented the telephone and made the first call to the Moon, you’d think they could have solved this pollen crisis. I mean … he called the Moon, man!

      • pk

        No mind left behind … the public school system has created another genius.

      • USMC


        What are getting pad to write this stuf you idiot.

      • StateRunMedia

        Moon man, that will be tomorrows story. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever.

  • fred

    These trees cause more problems for city folk. Last fall it was the coyotes sneaking into Lincoln Park from the forest preserves, now it is the tree pollen. Maybe the only solution is to chop down every tree in the metropolitan area.

  • ANN


    • Adrew Breitbart

      Carpet bomb Chicago!

      • RedneckBob

        God I like that idea AB! I second the motion!

      • OklahomaBound

        Seems like a waste of good bombs AB, give them time and they’ll destroy themselves just like Detroit and Commie California.

  • Dano

    For those who are making jokingly comments do not understand or realize, although for most of the population, including myself, this really doesn’t mean a lot, but for those that don’t understand it is a serious issue. For those with Asthma, it can be deadly. My daughter has had Asthma since she was 2 years old. She has had to be hospitalized several times. Your bronchial tubes close off and you can not breath. Many have died from Asthma attacks. And one of the culprits are pollen, mold, some foods, and many other things. Please don’t make light of this information, it could be life affecting to others. Thanks.

    • Fact over Faith, every time.

      You made a thoughtful comment about how not everyone is the same and how this seemingly trivial reminder for some is actually deadly serious for others.

      Expect to be totally ignored by the people who followed here through Drudge and are just looking for a way to ignore the fact that there is RECORD HEAT, during what should be a La Nina cooling cycle.

      • OklahomaBound

        Ah yes, the typical leftist redirect, create a victim to distract from the point and the facts. No one is making fun of people with asthma and most people suffer from some sort of Spring time allergies due to pollen, myself included. But of course as the typical leftist you have to twist the facts to make it seem like this earlier than normal pollen release is a crisis and create non-existent victims of this crisis who are of course belittled by those evil flat-earther conservatives. The FACTS are that this warm weather is simply making the trees and grass bloom and pollinate earlier than normal, which means in a month or so when pollen counts would normally be high they will instead be lower than normal. How is the high pollen count coming in March worse than if it came in April or May instead? It’s not, but left-wing scare tactics need a crisis, especially for their biggest hoax of all time, man-made global warming, so here we are discussing this horrible “crisis” instead of going outside and enjoying this awesome weather. Faith over Fiction, every time.

      • Adrew Breitbart

        Global warming has morphed into ‘”global climate change” which will soon be global cooling. It will all be George Bush’s fault. Take your head out of your ass examine how the data is manipulated, falsified and “adjusted.” All in an effort to create a great global government with A-holes like George Soros at the helm.

      • Kevin

        Dear God!, NOT the RECORD HEAT!!! (note my use of caps)….

        AND, this is all occurring during a La Nina cooling cycle….

        OBVIOUSLY (note my use of caps, again) this is an indication of THE END OF THE WORLD!!! (caps are used to emphasize).

      • Shoshana


      • Shoshana

        There’s RECORD HEAT because we’re in a solar maximum. The RECORD HEAT is occurring on all plants in our solar system. It has NOTHING to do with anthropomorphic contributions, which amount to a measly and statistically insignificant 0.1% of CO2 in our atmosphere. Get real.

      • Bubba

        A drudge duckling responded to your comment, just as you predicted. The Drudge ducklings waddle behind Drudge every day noisily quacking their repetitive nonsense.

    • Freeland Dave

      I have asthma. My son has asthma. My grand son has asthma. The pollen and mold and other things don’t bother us because we monitor what we eat and take the necessary precautions to prevent problems during the pollen and mold seasons. The Chicken Little, “The sky is falling the sky is falling” doesn’t wash when we live in an area of the country that has one of the highest pollen counts in the nation and never have an asthma attack. Wonder why that is? Could it be that we decided to take responsibility and take charge of our own lives instead of demanding others do it for us and whining about it when they don’t. Yes, asthma is a serious problem but we have three generations in our family that have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that it can be controlled and it really isn’t all that difficult.

      But you are right about one thing. All the hoopla over this issue can and will be life affecting especially to those that buy into it that it’s a serious problem. I use to have serious problems with asthma until I realized that I was the one causing the problems. Once I understood that I took the necessary measures so that I could live a normal life and taught that to my son who taught it to his son.

      • hjjjj


    • susan

      My sister also has asthma. These people who make fun are just ignorant and probably 15 years old. They are the only ones who hang on computers all day long and make stupid comments.

  • J. Wales

    The obvious insinuation of the article is that the unusual heat and therefore “global warming” is causing people to have asthma attacks. Well sure some are allergic to pollen and it can trigger asthma, but it happens every year. The early heat is simply causing the trees to pollinate earlier than normal…but it makes no difference if now or 3 weeks from now, the trees would still do it, IT’S NATURAL. CBS, you are trying to mislead people for political purposes.

    • ricardo4max

      It looks like most Americans are getting wise to the alarmist media and their left wing ploys to control our lives. Weather and pollen have existed for EONS! Wise up people and stop listening to these left wing dirtbags. The sky is NOT falling!

  • sam

    a solution for the pollen problem may be found at : filteryourlife.com, or: first defense nasal screens.com.

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  • btruth

    The real story that is related at least, to this one is, suppressed super technology. Which is called scalar super weaponry. It allows for the control of weather, minds & matter.
    Nikola Tesla was getting into this. It is about time/space vibration, frequency & energy manipulation. It is true free energy,anti gravity field effects,instantaneous transport. It can reverse any ailment, disease, affliction. It can also give it to specific individuals or WHOLE populations. It can scrub away ANY form of radiation. It can manipulate the very energy/plasma from the “vacuum” that compromises the majority of reality.
    Thomas E. Bearden is the #1 resource to learn about scalar weaponry.
    It is superior to HAARP & more powerful. It can make a mysterious pyramid on the sun or the norway spiral,chinese reversing spiral,mystery “BOOMS” advanced crop circles, moscow pyramid, mass animal die off. It makes all encryption,any bunker, any “known weapon or current military technology” OBSOLETE. To the point of ludicrousness. It has everything to do with Mawell’s original 20 equations. Anyone who has studied “western” E.E. or C.E.M. was only taught “4” not the original “20”. Its all about the control of knowledge. Control that you control the past, future & present.

    • Tim

      Damn!! Where do you get your weed?!!!

      • btruth

        Never heard of Nikola Tesla? Ever read his stuff? Not familiar with partial differential equations? Not interested in real true free-energy? Rather talk about sports or the latest t.v. engineering conditioning? Some people sleep, while other are wide awake. Test everything, question authority.

    • Bubba

      Use your knowledge for good Mr. Truth. You have the power to save us all.

  • Kenny

    Come down to the South Carolina midlands and see the pollen clouds as the wind blows it off the trees. Not sure how dangerous it is, but it does make my allergies flare up something fierce. Plus, it gives all the cars a nice dull yellow color.

  • tom

    Pollen count in the Atlanta, GA area now has been over 8000 for this week, and everything is snow covered, I mean pollen covered in yellow… Nothing like yellow dust clouds…

  • Wilson

    Acid rain, global cooling, holes in ozone, aids epidemics, irriversable oil spills, nuclear “near meltdowns”, global warming, population explosion, traffic gridlock, killer bees.nuclear winter, oil depleted by 1980.

    Now we have the attack of the killer pollen?

    Meanwhile the industrial nations are going bankrupt because their aging populations are living longer than ever.

  • River

    Its called WEATHER. It changes. It isn’t going to be exactly the same one year to the next. This year, we have a high pollen count and some of us are finding it tough to breathe. Why are we always focusing on the negative stuff? How about articles celebrating the gorgeous weather, the pretty flowers and trees, and the early suntan? Geez….Americans are turning into a miserable bunch. Be thankful for the positive stuff because believe it or not, there’s a lot to be grateful for.

    • OklahomaBound

      The difference is that the negative stuff becomes the crisis by which they justify their actions and agenda, the positive stuff lets people know a crisis doesn’t actually exist which threatens the agenda driven actions they want to implement.

    • Wilson

      You’ve nailed it.

      The difference between optimists and pessimists!

      Optimists adapt and thrive, pessimists die off.

      Darwinism at it’s best.

      It is indeed a beautiful and bountiful spring!

  • John

    Won’t trees eventually bloom anyway? This was the craziest headlne I’ve heard in a while. The pollen will be around anyway, just not quie so early. And pollen will get worse every year as trees get bigger and more trees are growing from the pollen that has come in yers past!

    • OklahomaBound

      Stop clouding the issue with facts John, this is a crisis that has to be dealt with, fortunately Obama, his Marxist Party, and their puppeteer George Soros, have a plan to save us….oh goodie, I’m glad they’re here to look out for our best interests and save us from global warming and from that money that’s burning a hole in my pocket!

  • NoMoreFreeloaders

    Can’t you weak, pathetic excuses of humans just wear masks? I am sure that Darwin is rolling over in his grave by how we as a society bow and pay homage to the weakest among us. Sorry you have allergies….buy a mask and NO I won’t pay for it you freeloaders.

  • pomoc

    I can here the cries now chopped those horrible trees down now they make me sneeze o bo ho.

  • Redneckbob

    OMG the sky is falling again….Run run…..the Climate change monster is loose again!..Run Run

  • doc

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh — I get it.

    This is the precursor to getting FREE allergy pills paid by taxpayers.

    Does that cost $1,000 a year TOO?!?!?!

    • OklahomaBound

      LOL, good one. I can hear it now, “Republicans war on allergy sufferers, Republicans want to limit allergy sufferers access to allergy medications by not making everyone else pay for allergy sufferers allergy medications!”

    • Donny


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