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The 10 Worst Places for Fall Allergies in 2012
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Chris_WebMD_Staff posted:
From our Allergies Health Center

Oct. 5, 2012 -- Some natives of Louisville, Ky., needn't be surprised if they're sneezing while reading this article. Their city tops the list this year as the worst place to live in the U.S. for fall allergies .
To earn the No. 1 spot, Louisville received a "worse than average" rating for its pollen counts and allergy medication use by each patient. But it got a "better than average" rating for the number of allergy specialists available in the area.
Last year, Louisville placed sixth in this annual ranking of 100 metropolitan areas done by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). In all, six Southern cities made the country's top 10. Sacramento, Calif., was named the best place for people with autumn allergies to live.
The rankings are based on an analysis of three key factors: pollen and mold scores during fall 2011, the number of allergy medications used by people with allergies last fall, and the number of board-certified allergists per 10,000 patients.
This year's 10 worst places for fall allergies are:
  1. Louisville, Ky.
  2. Wichita, Kan.
  3. Knoxville, Tenn.
  4. Jackson, Miss.
  5. McAllen, Texas
  6. Dayton, Ohio
  7. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  8. Memphis, Tenn.
  9. Madison, Wis.
  10. Baton Rouge, La.
This year's five best places for fall allergies are:
  1. Sacramento, Calif.
  2. Portland, Ore.
  3. Stockton, Calif.
  4. Daytona Beach, Fla.
  5. San Francisco, Calif.
To see a complete listing of all 100 areas, visit the AAFA's Allergy Capitals web site.
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