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.
The top five most challenging places to live with spring allergies this year are:
The report looks at three important factors:
This year’s report named McAllen, Texas, as the top Spring Allergy Capital due to its:
“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.”
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
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:
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:
There are also options available to prevent or treat allergy symptoms:
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.