Ragweed season is here! Do you live in one of the 2018 Fall Allergy Capitals? If so, AAFA has some tips to help you find relief.
Nasal allergies affect more than 50 million Americans. In the fall, weeds – such as ragweed and pigweed – are the most common causes of seasonal allergies. AAFA’s annual Fall Allergy CapitalsTM report provides insights into cities where people are most affected by fall allergies.
The five most challenging places to live with fall allergies this year are:
The report looks at three important factors:
This year’s report names McAllen, Texas, as the top Fall Allergy Capital due to its:
McAllen, Texas, was also named our top Spring Allergy Capital for 2018.
Common symptoms of fall allergies include:
“AAFA’s annual Fall Allergy Capitals™ report provides important insights into cities where people are most affected by seasonal symptoms from environmental factors like pollen, use allergy medication frequently, and have ready access to board-certified clinicians,” says Kenneth Mendez, President and CEO of AAFA. “Whether you live in an allergy capital or not, it’s important to work with your health care provider to recognize the elements that trigger your allergies and determine the best treatment to enjoy your life unrestricted by seasonal allergies.”
The 2018 Fall Allergy Capitals also ranks cities by regions to provide a closer look into how each city stacks up against surrounding areas.
2018 Regional Rankings
No. 1 in the Northeast – Providence, Rhode Island
No. 1 in the South – McAllen, Texas
No. 1 in the Midwest – Dayton, Ohio
No. 1 in the West – Las Vegas, Nevada
Ragweed pollen – the most common cause of fall allergy symptoms – starts to appear in most of the U.S. in August, peaking in mid-September. Other offending fall plants include pigweed, burning bush, cocklebur, sagebrush, mugwort, lamb’s-quarters, tumbleweed and Russian thistle. Mold is also high due to falling leaves that collect on the ground.
There are apps you can use to watch your area’s pollen counts. On days that pollen is high for ragweed and other weed pollen you are allergic to, you can take these actions to reduce your pollen exposure:
How to reduce your exposure to mold spores outside:
If you have a mold allergy, you may experience symptoms as leaves fall and collect on the ground. But mold can also cause issues year-round. When mold counts are high, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to outdoor mold:
There are also options available to prevent or treat allergy symptoms:
Talk with your doctor or health care provider months before the fall allergy season begins so you can discuss which treatment is right for you.
Our Fall Allergy Capitals report is an independent research project of AAFA.