The 10 Worst Places for Allergies: Is Your Hometown on the List? (PHOTOS)

As happy as we are that spring is finally upon us, it brings with it something a big chunk of the population dreads. That's right, it's allergy season. Break out the extra-soft Kleenex and the sinus congestion curing tablets -- it's about to get awful up in here. Allergies are abysmal, and most of the 'cures' just seem to make you feel worse in new and equally awful ways.

The best thing you can do when this time of year is in full force? Know how best to avoid the places that are more likely to be full of triggers for you and your fragile immune system. Lucky for you, allergy experts have just released a list of the 10 worst cities in America for allergy sufferers.

This list is a perfect -- and surprising -- breakdown of the places across the country that are the most likely to make us allergy sufferers totally miserable. So if you've got vacation time coming up and you're thinking of visiting one of the cities in this list, maybe rethink those plans. This doesn't mean you have to cancel your trip altogether, but plan accordingly. Can you go another time of year? Do you think you and your doctor can come up with a travel solution to help you cope? Check out the list and see if your home or next vacation destination is on it!

Do you plan your vacations around your allergies?


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  • 10: McAllen, TX

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    In Texas, there are wide open spaces, more sky than you can shake a stick at, and SO MANY DANGERS FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS! Number 10 on the list is another Texas city to be avoided unless you've got Claritin on hand.

  • 9: Birmingham, AL

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    This southern city is picturesque, not that you'd know it if you're suffering from allergies, in which case you could be anywhere.

  • 8: Richmond, VA

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    Virginia is a beautiful place to visit -- especially if you love American history. But you won't be able to get super patriotic what with it coming in at number 8 on the list!

  • 7: Dallas, TX

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    Cowboys can wrangle many things. But even they can't keep you safe from dust and dander.

  • 6: Jackson, MI

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    Johnny Cash and June Carter might have gotten married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout, but all you've got to show for your trip to Jackson? A blotchy, oozing rash.

  • 5: Chattanooga, TN

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    "Pardon me boys, is that the Chattanooga choo-choo?" No. My nose is just very red from all the pollen.

  • 4: Oklahoma City, OK

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    Oklahoma is great -- but maybe go to the musical instead of visiting the real place. Either that or wait until winter.

  • 3: Baton Rouge, LA

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    We don't blame you for wanting to visit scenic and historical Baton Rouge, mais oui! But just be sure to pack your inhaler.

  • 2: Memphis, TN

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    Elvis has left the building -- and so should you, if watery, red eyes are something you dread.

  • 1: Louisville, KY

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    Feeling congested? Avoid Louisville, slugger.

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