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Worst Cities for Allergies This Spring

As I have spent the past few days sneezing with watery eyes and an itchy throat, I would have sworn my home town was the worst place in the world for allergies but the folks at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) identified “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” in the Spring and Fall seasons.

The rankings are based on pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores), number of allergy medications used per patient, as well as number of allergy specialists per patient. Think your city must fall on the list? Here are the top 25 worst allergy offenders:

  1. Lexington, Ky.
  2. Greensboro, N.C.
  3. Johnson City, Tenn.
  4. Augusta, Ga.
  5. Jackson, Miss.

There are 20 more so


  1. Knoxville, Tenn.
  2. Birmingham, Ala.
  3. New Orleans, La.
  4. Little Rock, Ark.
  5. San Diego, Calif.
  6. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  7. Mobile, Ala.
  8. South Bend, Ind.
  9. Omaha, Neb.
  10. Stockton, Calif.
  11. McAllen, Texas
  12. Greenville, S.C.
  13. Nashville, Tenn.
  14. Tulsa, Okla.
  15. Harrisburg, Pa.
  16. Louisville, Ky.
  17. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  18. Charlotte, N.C.
  19. Tampa, Fla.
  20. Philadelphia, Pa.

Don't see your hometown? Here's the full list.

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