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Do You Live in a City That Increases Your Seasonal Allergies?

Jaclyn Hughes

Have you ever noticed when you seem to be suffering from seasonal allergies, often tens of others around you are as well? Is this just a coincidence, or it is due to your geographical location? Certainly, where one can develop dreadful sneezing and watery eyes due to fluctuations in the weather, many more can as well, but there are also studies conducted to determine which cities in the United States suffer from the occasional allergic symptoms more often than others. There’s an interesting method to determine which ones made the list, and we have included a few named from the top list.

Each year the folks at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America gather data to compile a list of which cities have the worst demographics for allergies. There are apparently a lot of details that go into making the list, such as the amount of pollen locally, to what the temperature may be from day to day. A reported 45 million people suffer from some form of seasonal allergy that is pollen or grass related. The AAFA advises that one out of every five people carries the allergic gene, which basically means if you move to a different climate that no longer has a high pollen content, you can develop allergies in your new hometown that prior to you never showed any symptoms of. Some can take years to get adjusted to new cities, especially for those relocating to opposite ends of the weather spectrum such as moving from a snowy climate to a desert landscape.

Check out some cities listed at the top of the ranks:

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Fresno, California
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Rochester, New York
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Austin, Texas
  • Albany, New York
  • Detroit, Michigan

Experts say the trick to staying allergy free if you know you have an issue with yours each year, is to always stay ahead of the seasons changing. Use over the counter allergy medication, increase your water intake, and use humidifiers or air purifiers indoors if that will provide any additional help. Cleaning out your air ducts inside you home can also decrease your symptoms and at least make the air you breathe at home a little clearer. Don’t sleep with the windows open unless you have to during the warmer months, as the changes in pollen daily can interrupt your sleep schedule.

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