Louisville has the dubious distinction of being the worst city for spring allergies this year. Last year it was in the 5th position while this year it has come on the top according to the statistics released by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

Based in Landover, Md, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has on Monday released its yearly Spring Allergy Capitals report, which ranks the 100 most challenging cities to live in with allergies.

This year’s list has many surprises with Dallas jumping from No 23 last year to No 7 this year and so also New York which jumped from No 43 last year to No 13 this year.

The ranking is made on pollen, the sales of OTC anti allergic preparations and drugs prescribed by doctors.

Mike Tringale, AAFA’s senior vice president for external affairs  said, “It’s the 12th year for this report, and it’s a reminder that, no matter where you live or what the outdoor conditions are, people need to take allergies seriously and have a treatment plan,”

Allergy can be described as an overreaction by the immune system of the body when a perfectly harmless substance otherwise known as allergen enters the human body.

The allergy can appear in the body in a number of ways and symptoms include a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing.

Common allergens include tree pollen, grass pollen in summer, weed pollen in fall and also mold spores.

According to figures released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 17.6 million adults were affected by hay fever and 6.6 million children were affected by it.


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