Spring is here, and across the nation people are beginning to feel the spring and even summer-like temperatures. This is especially true for this week as the Northern Tier of the US finally feels above average temperatures following a chilly April.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released a list of the worst cities for spring allergies this year. These rankings are based on data from the 100 most-populated Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the contiguous US, factoring in the seasonal (spring) pollen score, medication use (allergy), and number of allergy specialists. According to the AAFA, the seasonal pollen score is, “derived from actual pollen counts, allergy prevalence for each pollen type, and related factors.”  The medication use factor comes from the number of allergy medication prescriptions per patient prevalence from the spring of 2017.  They then took note of the number of board-certified allergists/immunologists per patient prevalence.

Here is the top 25 list of the most challenging places to live with spring allergies in 2018, based on data the AAFA collected:

  1. McAllen, TX
  2. Louisville, KY
  3. Jackson,MS
  4. Memphis,TN
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Providence, RI
  7. Dayton,OH
  8. Syracuse, NY
  9. Oklahoma City, OK
  10. Knoxville, TN
  11. Springfield, MA
  12. Baton Rouge, LA
  13. El Paso, TX
  14. Toledo, OH
  15. New Orleans, LA
  16. Richmond, VA
  17. Little Rock, AR
  18. Youngstown, OH
  19. Columbia, SC
  20. Chattanooga, TN
  21. Birmingham, AL
  22. Wichita, KS
  23. Buffalo, NY
  24. New Haven, CT
  25. New York, NY

If you deal with allergies, the top 18 cities are considered more challenging to live in during the springtime then the other seasons. Now, if you were wondering where the best cities are if you suffer from allergies, here is the top 10 list:

  1. Denver, CO
  2. Provo, UT
  3. Boise, ID
  4. Portland, OR
  5. Colorado Springs, CO
  6. Ogden, UT
  7. Seattle, WS
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Raleigh, NC
  10. Spokane, WS

According to the allergy experts, here are some tips to help reduce spring allergy symptoms:

  • Limit your outdoor activities
  • Keep your windows closed
  • Use central air conditioning with air filtration
  • Wear sunglasses when you are outdoors
  • Wear a hat to cover your hair
  • Take a shower and shampoo your hair before going to bed to remove pollen from your hair and skin
  • Change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities
  • Dry your laundry in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line
  • Limit close contact with pets that spend a lot of time outdoors
  • Wipe pets off with a towel before they enter your home

Jackson is Head of Content and Social Media at WeatherOptics. He is currently a student at the University of Miami, studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism. Dill produces forecast articles for the website and helps to manage the content schedule. He has also led the growth of WeatherOptics’ social media accounts, working to keep them aligned with the company’s evolving vision.

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