Elise Waldman, of Linwood, lives her life, but her allergies don’t make it easy. Every day, all year long, Waldman takes the over-the-counter medication Zyrtec for her hay fever and allergy symptoms. She doesn’t open the windows at her home. Shoes are left at the door from the spring through the fall. Waldman does a great deal of gardening, but the clothes go straight to the washing machine afterward…Pollen counts at the beginning of April 2012 reached 4,500 per cubic meter of air, higher than in recent years, said Leonard Bielory, director of STARx Allergy and Asthma Center. LLC, and professor, Rutgers University, Center for Environmen-tal Prediction. A pollen count is the number of grains of pollen collected during a 24-hour period in a cubic meter of air. Last year’s high was on May 6 with 10,930 grains per cubic meter of air, Bielory said.
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