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Spring Allergy Capitals 2018

It's the season for itching and sneezing! If you live in one of the top 2018 Spring Allergy Capitals, use AAFA's tips to reduce your suffering

More than 50 million Americans are living with nasal allergies and about half of those are due to seasonal allergies. AAFA’s annual Spring Allergy CapitalsTM report provides insights into cities where people are most affected by spring allergies.

Spring Allergy Capitals

 

The top five most challenging places to live with spring allergies this year are:

  1. McAllen, Texas
  2. Louisville, Kentucky
  3. Jackson, Mississippi
  4. Memphis, Tennessee
  5. San Antonio, Texas

 

The report looks at three important factors:

  • Pollen and mold counts
  • Allergy medication usage
  • Availability of board-certified allergists

This year’s report named McAllen, Texas, as the top Spring Allergy Capital due to its:

  • Higher than average pollen
  • Higher than average medicine use
  • Lower availability to board-certified allergists

Get Allergy Relief No Matter Where You Live

The warm weather will drive people outdoors to face one of the season’s biggest problems: tree pollen. Common symptoms of springtime allergies include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion

“Our Spring Allergy Capitals report is a valuable tool to help identify cities where seasonal allergy symptoms can create challenges,” says Kenneth Mendez, President and CEO of AAFA. “This report helps people in these areas be more aware of what may contribute to their allergy symptoms so they can work with their health care providers to get relief. With the right treatment plan, seasonal allergies can be managed for better quality of life.”

Where Does Your City Rank In Your Region?

The 2018 Spring 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

 

Where Can I Get More Information About the Spring 2018 Rankings?

Spring Allergy Cap Report
2018 Spring Allergy Capitals - 100 Metro Areas and Regional Rankings
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Press Release  Download PDF

 

What Can I Do For My Spring Allergies?

The spring allergy season begins with pollens released by trees and then grasses follow later in spring into summer. There are apps you can use to watch your area’s pollen counts. On days that the pollens are high for the trees or grasses you are allergic to, you can take these actions to lessen the amount of pollens you are exposed to:

  • 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
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home
  • Wash your bedding in hot, soapy water once a week
  • Rinse the inside of your nose with a nasal rinse to flush out and remove pollens you have inhaled into your nasal passages
  • Use a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner (portable or whole house/HVAC)
Certification  Logo - Asthma and Allergy Friendly
 

How to reduce your exposure to mold spores outside:

If you have a mold allergy, you may experience symptoms year round. When mold counts are high, there are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to outdoor molds:

  • Limit your outdoor activities. This will lessen the amount of mold spores you inhale and your symptoms.
  • Wear a mask and sunglasses/goggles when cutting grass, digging around plants, picking up leaves and disturbing other plant materials.

There are also options available to prevent or treat allergy symptoms:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription allergy medicines – some of these work best if you start taking them before the allergy season begins
  • Immunotherapy – there are shots or tablets available that are a long-term treatment for pollen allergy. It can help prevent or reduce the severity of allergic reactions.

Talk with your doctor or care provider months before the allergy season begins so you can discuss which treatment is right for you. Now is a good time to book your appointment for the end of the year (in mid-winter) before next spring begins.

Our Spring Allergy Capitals report is an independent research project of AAFA.