These are the 10 “Allergy Capitals” of America in 2022
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans have some type of allergy, and many of them are seasonal pollen allergies.
The AAFA has released its 2022 list of the so-called “Allergy Capitals” of the United States, a tradition for the foundation since 2003.
According to AAFA, the list ranks the 100 hardest cities to live in for seasonal allergy sufferers based on spring and fall pollen data, allergy medication use and the number of allergy sufferers. certified allergists or immunologists in each location.
Kenneth Mendez, CEO and President of AAFA, said more than 24 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis – a condition that produces a runny nose, congestion, sneezing and itching. He said seasonal allergies can also trigger an asthma attack.
“We are seeing spikes in ER visits that coincide with spikes in pollen seasons,” Mendez said in a press release issued by AAFA. “About 3,600 people a year die from asthma, so it’s important to treat and manage asthma and allergy triggers where you live.”
To manage seasonal allergies, the AAFA has several recommendations, such as keeping windows closed during pollen seasons, using HEPA filters on air conditioning systems, taking showers before bed, and wearing a mask and hair covering. outside. Get even more tips here.
There are several over-the-counter medications that can help manage seasonal allergies. Speak to your doctor to determine which is best for you.
10 “Allergy Capitals” of the United States
10. Albany, NY
9. New Haven, Connecticut
8. Buffalo, New York
7. Hartford, Connecticut
6. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5. San Antonio, TX
4. Richmond, Virginia
3. McAllen, TX
2. Wichita, Kansas
1. Scranton, Pennsylvania