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Surviving Allergies in One of the Worst Allergy Cities

Spring is finally here, which means warmer weather, pretty flowers and ugh, more sneezing. Do you feel like where you live must have the worst allergies ever? No more wondering, the Allergy Capitals Research Project from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has identified the top 100 cities they consider challenging places to live with allergies for this spring. No matter where you are in America, there will be allergies, but there are definitely certain places that are more problematic than the rest. AAFA comes up with a list twice a year, one for the fall and one for the spring. They use scientific analysis of three factors to measure the data.

It includes:

  • Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)
  • Number of allergy medications used per patient
  • Number of allergy specialists per patients.

The springtime allergy triggers are primarily from all the tree pollen. If you are suffering from the spring time allergies, you are probably very familiar with all the symptoms. However, I will include the list anyways. The symptoms include itchy runny nose, nasal and sinus congestion, repeated sneezing, water eyes, inflated sinuses and, in severe cases, difficulty breathing due to all of these symptoms. Nasal allergy symptoms can also be more severe if you also have asthma. So spring time can be particularly miserable for some of us.

The Mayo Clinic provided a list of tips to help reduce some of the misery. The list mentioned that you should stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air. Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other garden chores that stir up allergens. Remove clothes you’ve worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse the pollen from your hair and skin. Do not hang laundry outside; the pollen can actually stick to the fabric. When you are doing outside chores, wear a dust mask.

So with keeping some of those tips in mind, here is the list of this year’s top ten worst allergy cities:

1. Knoxville, Tenn.

2. McAllen, Texas

3. Louisville, Ky.

4. Jackson, Miss.

5. Wichita, Kan.

6. Oklahoma City, Okla.

7. Chattanooga, Tenn.

8. Memphis, Tenn.

9. San Antonio, Texas

10. Dayton, Ohio

You can find the complete list of all 100 cities at

Also Read:

 Fight Seasonal Allergies with Your Diet

 Exercise Outside With Seasonal Allergies This Spring

 Asthma Diet

March 23rd, 2012

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Taking medication seems to be only a short-term solution but a lot of people think it??s the best way to fight spring allergies. As a mother of two allergy-prone children I can say that the choice of foods rich in vitamin C and folic acid help reduce the inflammation associated with allergic reactions so if you have the same problem don't hesitate to invest in these natural allergy remedies. Another important thing is to pay enough attention to cleaning your home because we sometimes don??t realize that our homes harbor significant amounts of at least five allergy-provoking irritants and if we paid more attention to the spots where these common allergens usually linger we would be better protected from the negative impact they have on our health. Moreover, a large number of allergy-fighting products are available in the market that can contribute a great deal to an allergy-free home.

posted Mar 31st, 2012 8:57 am


An allergy topic reminded me of one article I've recently read. It was about German scientists who did a research with children coming from rural areas and probability of such children to be allergic in future. I was surprised by the fact that yes, exposure to allergens can actually lessen the probability of allergic reaction. So I looked further for more information and found a lot of evidence for this, e.g. in New England Journal of Medicine and in Journal of the American Medical Association. All of these studies prove the same. I was especially curious about pet allergies, since I suffer years from a dog dander hypersensitivity. Research claims that pets can help to prevent the development of allergies, or at least make living with pet allergies easier. Very interesting, isn't it?

posted Mar 25th, 2012 3:56 pm


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