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Achoo! These cities are the worst for spring allergies

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Which cities are the worst for Spring alergies?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) ranks communities based on pollen, the number of over-the-counter and prescription medications per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient in the 100 most populous cities in the continental USA. How the cities ranked:

Louisville comes out on top in a new listing of the 100 most challenging cities to live in with allergies.

Louisville has sprung to the top of the sneeze list.

Louisville is the worst city for spring allergies this year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The city ranked No. 5 last spring.

The foundation, based in Landover, Md., Monday releases its annual Spring Allergy Capitals report, which ranks the 100 most challenging cities to live in with allergies.

The ranking, based on 2013 data, has some surprises. Dallas leaped from No. 23 in 2013 to No. 7 this year, with a higher pollen score. New York rose from No. 43 last year to No. 13, with more people buying allergy medications.

The not-for-profit organization ranks communities based on pollen, the number of over-the-counter and prescription medications per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient in the 100 most populous cities in the continental USA. A full list of the Top 100 cities as well as resources for patients and doctors are available at AllergyCapitals.com.

"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," said Mike Tringale, AAFA's senior vice president for external affairs.

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April 2, 2014
usatoday.com