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12 Worst Cities for Allergy Sufferers

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12 Worst Cities for Allergy Sufferers

By Katherine Butler, Mother Nature Network

The season for sneezin’

It starts with a tickle in your throat. Then your eyes start watering like a sprinkler system on a hot day. As you reach for a tissue, you notice birds singing from their nests as freshly bloomed flowers bob in the sunlight. Spring has sprung, and it has kicked your allergies into high gear.

And it turns out, you’re not alone. Americans are experiencing one of the worst allergy seasons in years. Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergist in New York City, told the Wall Street Journal, “If we tabulated our phone records and compared [allergy complaints] quantitatively to the previous eight or nine years, we’re seeing a volume of at least three to four times greater a day.” So where are the worst spots for allergy sufferers? Here are the 12 worst U.S. cities out of 100 ranked bytheAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)for allergy sufferers for the 2011 spring season.

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10:55PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Tennessee appears to be a good place to avoid if you have allergies and/or asthma!

3:24AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Would be fascinated to see a list such as this compiled for global cities - not just the States! But interesting nonetheless thanks!

7:08AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

good to know

6:45AM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Interesting indeed, thanks!

4:51AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Thank you for sharing

2:04PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Interesting. Thanks.

11:22AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Wow! I also was surprised to see so many in the SE.....surprised L.A. wasn't in the top of the list!

5:39AM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

I find it most interesting that all of the cities are in the South, except Dayton OH, and if you don't consider Virginia a Southern State, then you'd have to include Richmond. So in conclusion, Southern Living is Allergic Living.

5:27AM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

Thanks.

4:08AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

I'm grateful that I don't have allergies. If I start getting a cold or what might be an allergy I just do my Vitamin C routine. I'm ok next day.

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