By this point in the year, it can feel like winter will never end. But when that cold and snow finally disappear, millions of Americans will trade the dry skin and cold noses for springtime sneezes and sniffles.
That’s right. Spring allergies are just around the corner and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released its list for the best and worst cities to live in for allergy sufferers.
The AAFA ranks the 100 largest U.S. cities using pollen counts, allergy medicine use, and allergy doctors.
Let’s start with some good news! Here are the ten best U.S. cities (as of 2018) to live in for those who suffer from spring allergies:
1. Denver, CO
2. Provo, UT
3. Boise, ID
4. Portland, OR
5. Colorado Springs, CO
6. Ogden, UT
7. Seattle, WA
8. Salt Lake City, UT
9. Raleigh, NC
10. Spokane, WA
On the opposite side of the spectrum, these ten U.S. cities have been named the most challenging for allergy sufferers:
1. McAllen, TX
2. Louisville, KY
3. Jackson, MI
4. Memphis, TN
5. San Antonio, TX
6. Providence, RI
7. Dayton, OH
8. Syracuse, NY
9. Oklahoma City, OK
10. Knoxville, TN
While these cities might present some issues for allergy sufferers, not all hope is lost if you call one of these places home.
Follow these five tips for some much-needed allergy relief:
1. See a certified allergist to diagnose your symptoms
2. Use over the counter meds or a neti pot to help relieve sinus issues
3. Keep an eye on the pollen count and stay inside when it’s elevated
4. Take spring cleaning seriously and stay on top of dusting and vacuuming
5. Invest in an Aprilaire Air Purifier to reduce airborne pollutants and allergens