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Grass, mold, weeds and ragweed: Pollen peaks in Midwest

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Chicago's pollen count hit an all-time high for the season Wednesday.

Mold, weeds and ragweed and grass are high, which may surprise many people. The grass is corn grass, and the high levels are caused by the seasonal harvesting of the corn as corn is a member of the botanical grass family.

Midwesterners with sensitive respiratory systems will feel general fatigue and experience itchy throats and runny noses.

The official Gottlieb Allergy Count Wednesday is: Mold - High, Grass - High, Weeds - High and Ragweed - High.

The alternating sunshine, humidity and hot temperatures combined with the recent rains the past few days have kept the mold count consistently high. With the addition of the corn grass, headaches and sinus congestion will be common among Chicagoans Wednesday.

Allergy sufferers should stay indoors, keep the windows closed, use their air conditioners and take their allergy medications.

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