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Ragweed pollen reported for first time in 2014 season

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Ragweed pollen made its yearly debut Monday, kicking off another round of misery for Chicagoans who suffer allergy.

For the first time in the 2014 allergy reporting season, ragweed was included in the Gottlieb Allergy Count, according to a statement from Loyola University Health System.

Ragweed’s typical season spans from mid-August to October—spurring allergies in 10 to 20 percent of Americans.

“The ragweed pollen is showing up about one week earlier this year than last year,” Dr. Joseph Leija, who measures the allergen levels, said in the statement. “With the high mold count and moderate weed count, the presence of ragweed will make breathing difficult for many.”

Monday’s count for the Midwest—measured each morning at 4:30 a.m. from Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park—showed “No trees, no grass, mold high, weeds moderate and ragweed low,” the statement said.

Tree pollen season typically stretches from March to May; grass from May to June; weeds from mid-August to October; and mold all season, depending on dampness, the statement said.

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