I adore spring and look forward to it like a life raft every single, frigid, snow-packed winter. This winter especially! But I guess you've gotta take the bad with the good, and without fail, as soon as the the temperatures start to rise, so does the frequency with which we're all sneezing and coughing and phlegm-y and eww. And it's not cuz we're sick most of the time. It's because spring is in the air! And we're suffering from allergies. Boo hoo.
If you're wondering if you've got it worst than most thanks to where you live, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AFA) has released their annual list of the worst cities for spring allergies -- based on pollen scores, number of allergy meds per patient, and number of allergy specialists per patient -- so you really can figure out where yours stands and prepare accordingly.
Here, the top 10 ...
10. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
8. Memphis, Tennessee
7. Dayton, Ohio
6. Wichita, Kansas
5. Louisville, Kentucky
4. McAllen, Texas
3. Chattanooga, Tennessee
2. Knoxville, Tennessee
1. Jackson, Mississippi - The top spot went to this southern city, thanks to its high pollen count that sends so many residents to the doctor for allergy meds.
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And as you may have noticed, the list is a major bummer for Southerners, as it features lots of cities in the southeast and deep south. In fact, according Mike Tringale, the AAFA’s Vice President of External Affairs in a statement, "The #1 spot is almost always a southern city." Still, I'm sure plenty of Americans, no matter where they live, will be "a-choo!"-ing their way right into summer.
Thoughts on this list? Do you suffer from spring allergies?
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