It’s the season for itching and sneezing! If you live in one of the top 2020 Allergy Capitals™, use AAFA’s tips to reduce your contact with pollen and improve your quality of life.
More than 50 million Americans are living with nasal allergies and about half of those are caused by seasonal allergies. AAFA’s yearly Allergy CapitalsTM report explores the 100 cities* where people are most affected by spring and fall allergies.
The report looks at three important factors:
This year’s report named Richmond, Virginia, as the top Allergy Capital™ due to its:
*Data was studied from the 100 most-populated metropolitan areas.
The top 10 most challenging places to live with seasonal allergies are:
The top 10 least challenging places to live with seasonal allergies are:
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In the spring, the warm weather will bring people outdoors to face one of the season’s biggest problems: tree pollen.
In the fall, pollen from weeds cause the most seasonal allergy symptoms. Ragweed pollen allergy triggers allergic symptoms in as many as 23 million people in the United States.
Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
The spring allergy season begins with pollen released by trees. Grass pollen follows later in spring into summer. Then in the late summer and early fall, weed pollen can make you miserable, while mold hides out in damp places like fallen leaves and soil.
There are apps you can use to watch your area’s pollen. On days that counts are high for what you are allergic to, take these actions to reduce your contact with pollen:
Talk with your doctor before allergy seasons begins to discuss which treatment is right for you.
Our Allergy Capitals™ report is an independent research project of AAFA.