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Allergy Capitals    Print Page

 Allergy CapitalsThere is no place safe from allergies in America, and some cities are more problematic than others. The Allergy Capitals is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to identify “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” during the spring and fall seasons. The data measured and compared each season includes:

  • Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)*
  • Number of allergy medications used per patient
  • Number of allergy specialists per patient

Winter Won’t Give Up, But Allergy Season is Here

Nearly 45 million Americans are living with nasal allergies and 25 million have asthma. These patients already have a chronic sensitivity to things like pollen, mold and other airborne allergens, but they can also be more susceptible to rapid changes in temperature and moisture, and to catching a common cold or flu. A blending of the winter and spring means these patients are at risk of multiple symptoms simultaneously. But with the proper planning and early treatment, patients can prepare and find relief.

Annual Allergy Ranking is a Reminder

Click below to see our new ranking of the 100 most challenging cities to live in with allergies this spring. It’s the 12th year of this report, and it’s a reminder that, no matter where you live or what the outdoor conditions are, you need to take allergies seriously and have a treatment plan. This year’s report named Louisville, KY, as the #1 Spring Allergy Capital (up from #5 last year) due to higher than average pollen counts, high use of allergy medications by local patients and too few allergy specialists in the metro area. Click on the link below to see all 100 cities. 

More Information

Call 1-800-7-ASTHMA to discuss the report in detail or to speak with a member of AAFA's External Affairs Department. 

Find Certified ProductsFind household appliances and related products that are proven more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. Visit www.aafa.org/certified to learn more. 

Pollen.comSpecial thanks to our research partner Pollen.com, a division of IMS/SDI Health, Inc.

*("Pollen score" is comprised of comprehensive recorded levels of airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores, and prevalence data for each of these specific types of allergens.)   

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