The 2016 List of Hardest Places to Live with Pollen Allergies

in Outdoor Allergies, Tree Pollen
Published: March 23, 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-498879750Jackson, Mississippi is once again ranked as the single most challenging city in which to live in the United States if you have seasonal pollen allergies, according to the 2016 Spring Allergy Capitals Report released by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

Rounding out the top 10 cities where it is the hardest to manage pollen allergies and asthma were:

2. Memphis, Tennessee
3. Syracuse, New York
4. Louisville, Kentucky
5. McAllen, Texas
6. Wichita, Kansas
7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
8. Providence, Rhode Island
9. Knoxville, Tennessee
10. Buffalo, New York

While cities such as Louisville, Wichita, Memphis and Jackson are perennially near the top of the list for toughest cities to live in with allergies, it’s upstate New York’s Syracuse and Buffalo that jumped by the largest margins to the top of the heap this year. Syracuse flew up 20 spots, and Buffalo went from No. 36 to No. 10 over the past 12 months.

The rankings list, which AAFA compiles by considering three major factors – pollen counts, medicine use by patients, and the availability of care by allergists in that community – is an independent research project meant to highlight gaps where improvement is needed, and act as a guide for people with allergies and asthma for seeking care.

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“It’s important to work with your health-care providers to recognize the elements that trigger your allergies and determine the best treatments to enjoy your life unencumbered by seasonal nasal allergies,” said Dr. Cary Sennett, AAFA president and CEO, in a press release.

Other notable cities and where they finished in the 100-city ranking? Philadelphia moved up to No. 21 from 38; Dallas moved down from No. 19 to 27; New York went from No. 41 to 31 this year; Los Angeles went from No. 79 to 67; Houston came in at No. 60, after being at 49th spot last year; Boston held steady at No. 77, after being at 78 last year; and Chicago was at No. 81 from 76th position.

Daytona Beach, Florida, which was No. 99 last year, settled into No. 100 at the coveted bottom spot on this list this year, boasting better than average pollen counts and medicine use rates, while having an average number of allergists available to patients.

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