The Top Ten Cities in America for Allergies
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The Top Ten Cities in America for Allergies

It is allergy season in North America again and this year is a bad one because of the wet and very warm winter in the USA and Canada. People are getting the red eyes and other symptoms associated with allergies and the symptoms are more pronounced than most years. Pollen is flying all over the place. About 40 million Americans suffer from allergies each springtime. Each year the Allergy Foundation of America selects the worst 100 cities to be living in during pollen season.

It is allergy season in North America again and this year is a bad one because of the wet and very warm winter in the USA and Canada.  People are getting the red eyes and other symptoms associated with allergies and the symptoms are more pronounced than most years. Pollen is flying all over the place.

About 40 million Americans suffer from allergies each springtime. Each year the Allergy Foundation of America selects the worst 100 cities to be living in during pollen season.

Here are the cities that made the top 10 list

Dayton, Ohio can breathe a little easier they actually dropped a notch to 10th worst city.  If you live in Dayton, you are best to go out after four in the afternoon as the pollen counts are lower then.   

San Antonio, Texas took a big bump up, it was 42 on the list of worst cities last year and now it has moved up to number 9. Brace yourself San Antonio residents you are not fighting the Alamo but you must fight the war on pollen.

Instead of singing in the Grand Ole Opry, the people of Memphis are singing the pollen blues.  The wet weather has also produced a lot of mold and the trees sway in the wind causing a whole lotta wheezing going on. This city ranks in 8th place.

The Chattanooga famous choo choo may no longer pass through town but the pollen has taken over the famous train’s route.  Good news though, this city also located in Tennessee actually dropped down to 7th place, so that is a good sign.  Still make sure you keep your windows closed, your doors closed and make sure you set your air conditioner to recirculate.

Oklahoma, City will have more to worry about than an Alaskan pipeline running through their state, they are ranked as number 6 on the list of cities with the worst pollen count this year.

We find Wichita, Kansas right smack in the middle of the plains.  The winds blow the pollen around and anyone living near water will suffer with allergies as well.  Glen Campbell should not be singing about linemen anymore but about pollen.

Beautiful Jackson, Mississippi comes in 4th on the list.  The river, planes, green spots, and parklands all contribute to the pollen factor.

The Louisville slugger must be the example for these people of this famous city in Kentucky.  They are running the Kentucky Derby against pollen and each year they lose.  They are hovering around third place in the worst cities for pollen this year.  The grassland, trees and water all play key climate factors for the pollen in this beautiful city.

McAllen, Texas has a hot and humid temperature and is a breeding ground for pollen. It takes 2nd place.

Knoxville, Tennessee takes the top spot for allergies this year, and also took the top spot for last autumn’s pollen season. Why stop there batting 3 out of 3 it was top spot for asthma breakouts as well.

Don’t think because your city didn’t make the list you are home free.  You need to protect yourself from as much dust and pollen as you can.  Stay indoors as much as possible; wear sunglasses when you go out to protect your eyes.  Keep your doors and window closed.  Clean and dust your house so that you won’t have an accumulation of dust mites in your bedding and so on. Vacuum often. 

You can’t escape it even if you move from where you live you will probably develop a new allergy to the flora in your new place of residence.

Good news, you can still garden but make sure you wear a mask and gloves and wash your hands and face when you enter the house.  You need to choose plants that are pollinated by insects; the pollen is heavier and therefore less likely to fly up in the atmosphere.  Plants that fit this description include roses, dogwood, azaleas, pear trees, and daffodils.

 Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/ss/slideshow-worst-cities-for-spring-allergies?ecd=wnl_day_032112

 

 

 

 

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Comments (2)

I live in Memphis and can totally relate. I just moved here a few months ago and only had occasional, minor allergies. Now, it's full blown.

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yep Audra it is a problem for many people these days

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