Memphis is the Second Most Sniffling City in America

Posted on April 1, 2014

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By Megan Ververis

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America just named its 2014 list of worst cities for spring allergies. The non-profit organization ranks communities based on pollen, number of over-the-counter and prescription medications per patient, and the number of allergists per patient. Here are the top five hardest cities to live in with allergies:

mud_island1. Louisville, Kentucky

2. Memphis, Tennessee

3. Baton Rogue, Louisiana

4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

5. Jackson, Mississippi

For seasonal allergies sufferers, this spring may be the worst in recent memory. According to the medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, with the long, very cold winter and increased precipitation, the “root systems of plants are primed” and America should expect to see a “pollen explosion” come. Don’t let the fear of watery eyes and a runny nose keep you from getting outside! You can check the pollen count in your area at Pollen.com before going outside, and if levels are in the medium to high range, experts recommend postponing outside workouts until late afternoon or evenings, when pollen counts decline. Allergy sufferers are also advised to run after it rains, when pollen and other particles have actually been ‘washed out of the air.’ After finishing your outside workout, immediately take a shower to wash the pollen off your skin to help prevent a later reaction. You can also take non-drowsy over the counter anti-allergy pills, such as Claritin or Zyrtec, but always check with a healthcare provider before taking any medication prior to exercise.

Photo of Mud Island by Megan Ververis

Megan Ververis is a senior Neuroscience major at Rhodes College and an emergency department medical scribe.

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