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10 Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

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10 Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

As the globe slowly orbits from summer to winter, those of us in the northern hemisphere get to enjoy the pleasures of autumn. But for the nearly 50 million Americans have suffer from nasal allergies or allergic asthma, the next few months might be more of a mad dash to avoid the symptoms of fall allergies: runny nose and congestion, itchy and watery eyes, violent sneezing, and even coughing and wheezing.

Since 2004, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has provided an annual list of 100 Fall Allergy Capitals, the cities they describe as the most challenging places to live with fall allergies. Following are the top 10 offenders, as well as allergy facts and statistics from the AAFA.

10. Tulsa, OK
Score: 89.2

The rankings are based on scientific analysis of 3 factors for the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. The data measured and compared each year includes:
Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)
Number of allergy medications used per patient
Number of allergy specialists per patient

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:30AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

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9:33AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Thanks for the info.

5:00AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Northern New Jersey is pretty bad, I have lived here my entire life.

8:57PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Thanks.

5:16AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

It seems that in America everybody is allergic to something! Could it be that the doctors are over diagnosing allergies so they can make more money from giving out shots etc?
I think you guys over medicate!

8:27PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Always keep on track, since I live in such an awesome city, Savannah, GA, but am 58, disabled w/chronic pain, OMG, rain, allergy season is horrible, but that just comes w/young age, Amen! come visit though. Been here all my life, would never leave. Best of Dr.s, movies made here all the time, historical. Lovely place to live. Ck it out on Savannahnow.com

5:56PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

xx

8:54AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

It is bad here in Georgia to.

9:17PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

o my.... killer cities.

11:42AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

thanks

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