Spring has finally arrived, and with it, beautiful sunny days with light breezes whipping pollen everywhere. Yes, allergy season has arrived along with the robins and daffodils. Allergy sufferers notice it first, not because of the sounds of birds singing and chirping in the trees, but when they get in their cars to head for work, they see the bright yellow dusting of pollen covering the windshield.
Every person who suffers with seasonal allergies is sure they live in the worst city in the country for allergies. They would be surprised to learn that someone actually keeps track of this sort of information, and it is updated annually. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been tracking data on the worst cities to live in for allergy sufferers for 12 years, and they have just released their latest list of "Allergy Capitals for 2014."
The not-for-profit AAFA, based in Landover, Maryland, tracks 100 cities across America, gathering data on pollen levels, the number of OTC and prescription medications per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient in the 100 most populous municipalities in the country.
The top 10 worst cities in the U.S.A. for allergy sufferers:
3. Baton Rouge
4. Oklahoma City
5. Jackson, Miss.
6. Chattanooga, Tenn.
8. Richmond, Va.
9. Birmingham, Ala.
10. McAllen, Texas
We will look at the top five cities on the list, plus number eight, Richmond, Virginia. It is noteworthy to mention that all the cities in the top ten list are located in the south of the country, with the exception of Oklahoma City. This must be a clue to the levels of asthma sufferers in the country