Sniff. Sniff. Cough. (Blowing nose.) It is, sadly, that time of the year again. Spring flowers are budding, trees are coming into bloom, grass is growing green. . . and the allergy medications are emptying from the shelves. With spring comes the seasonal allergies that tens of millions of North Americans experience each year — and depending on where you live, you may be more susceptible than others are.
It seems that it is virtually impossible to escape allergies, as they have a tendency of drifting anywhere and everywhere, striking people out of nowhere one fine spring morning — even affecting people who never had a problem with them before.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently published the worst cities in the nation for allergies, which was created by measuring the amount of pollen in the air, the amount of allergy pills taken, and the number of allergy doctors per patient. This year’s list is wildly different than last year’s, with cities switching positions all over the place. This is a sure sign of the drifting nature of pollens and proof that any town in the U.S. can provide for a nasty allergy season.
For proof, last year’s number one city for allergies, Kentucky’s Lexington, ranks 75th this year. Plus the second- and third-place finishers last year came in 50th and 51st this year.
Here is the top 10 offending cities in the U.S. for allergies this year:
1) Hartford, Connecticut 2) Greenville, South Carolina 3) Boston, Massachusetts 4) Detroit, Michigan 5) Orlando, Florida 6) Knoxville, Tennessee 7) Omaha, Nebraska 8) Sacramento, California 9) Washington, DC 10) Baltimore, Maryland
As you can see, it doesn’t matter what the environment is like — desert, ocean-side, forested, metropolis — allergies are everywhere. If you are tired of paying for medications each year, visit an allergist to get tested. There are measures you can take in order to protect yourself from pollens — and there are allergy injections you can take if you want a lifelong solution.