Top 10 Most Challenging Cities to Live in with Seasonal Allergies
One Texas city just landed at the top of a challenging list that's bringing tears to millions of people's faces.
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) just released a study putting Texas on blast. AAFA’s report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live with seasonal pollen allergies and Houston: We have a problem.
The study lists the most challenging places to live in America if you have allergies. The results were based on:
- Tree, grass, and weed pollen scores
- Over-the-counter allergy medicine use
- Availability of board-certified allergists/immunologists
TOP 10 MOST CHALLENGING PLACES TO LIVE WITH ALLERGIES
- Wichita, Kansas
- Dallas, Texas
- Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Sarasota, Florida
- Cape Coral, Florida
- Orlando, Florida
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Greenville, South Carolina
- Stuffy nose (due to blockage or nasal congestion)
- Runny nose (also known as rhinorrhea – usually a thin, clear discharge)
- Red and watery eyes
- Itchy nose, eyes, ears, or mouth
- Swelling around the eyes
TIPS TO KEEP POLLEN OUT OF YOUR HOME
- Keep your windows and doors closed
- It's beautiful outside and you might be craving fresh air, but there's a good chance that the breeze is full of pollen.
- Remove your shoes before entering your home
- Don't track in pollen, and leave your shoes at the door.
- Empty your vacuum outside
- You've just sucked up a bunch of dust and pollen, don't go and spread it back into the air while dumping it into your kitchen trash can.
- Brush and wipe down pets coming inside and out of the home
- If you've got pets going in and out, give them a good brush outside and wipe those paws with pet wipes to reduce any pollen they might have tracked in from outside.
- Use a pollen air filter
- There are specific air filters you can purchase to help cut down on pollen, make sure you're replacing them often.
- Dust with a microfiber cloth
- Microfiber towels will trap dust and pollen inside by just brushing them back into the air.
- Use in an air purifier
- Investing in an air purifier will work wonders. They've been proven to remove pollen from the air before they can even settle on a surface.