From our friends at The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
“AAFA announced today its 2008 Fall Allergy Capitals ™ list, which is sponsored by the makers of ZYRTEC®. The annual research project ranks the fall’s 100 most challenging cities to live for people with upper respiratory allergies.
The top five cities are: Greensboro, NC (1); Greenville, SC (2); Little Rock, AR (3); Raleigh-Durham, NC (4); and Jackson, MS (5).
While many American’s associate allergies with the springtime, this is not the only time you can get a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, or nasal congestion from upper respiratory allergies. In fact, the most common seasonal allergy trigger, ragweed, is usually found in the fall. The Fall Allergy Capitals research also shows that overall pollen concentrations have increased in the top allergy cities. These pollen increases can make fall a very difficult time for the more than 36 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies.”
Want to know more about fall allergies (I've been ragweed-sniffling and mouth-itchy since August 12th) and where your city falls on the top 100 city list (NYC is way down there, not because we have so little pollen but how they scored on their graph, seems our ratio of doctors pushed us down the list. Right, Bri?) you can read more on their site AllergySavvy.com.