Find out if your hometown is in for an especially sneezy, itchy, watery season this year
Some cities are in for a sneezier season than others this fall. Northeast states can expect an average allergy season, but thanks to a perfect balance of summer sun, rain, and heat, residents of the southeast and midwest are expected to face a bit more trouble, Accuweather reports.
Once again, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has named the worst cities across the country for people with fall allergies. The ranking are based on three calculations: pollen levels, allergy medicine use, and the number of certified allergists in the area. Each city was scaled and assigned a score, with a perfect 100 going to the worst city, Wichita, Kansas (up from No. 2 last year).
Find out if your hometown was named one of the top 10 allergy capitals below, and then check out the full list at AllergyCapitals.com.
Rank last year: #7
Oklahoma City is the same boat, for a total score of 85.65.
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Rank last year: #11
Chattanooga earned a better than average score for number of allergists, but worse than average pollen levels and medicine use, for a total score of 85.76.
Rank last year: #6
Dayton, at 86.91, has worse than average marks across the board.
Rank last year: #10
Baton Rouge earned a score of 87.87 with worse than average pollen levels and medicine use and better than average local allergists.
Rank last year: #5
McAllen, with a score of 88.37, has worse than average marks across the board.
Rank last year: #8
With a total score of 88.72, Memphis has worse than average pollen levels and medicine use and an average number of allergists.
Rank last year: #1
Last year's worst hotspot has made some improvements, dropping to 89.12 with a better than average score for certified allergists.
Rank last year: #3
At 94.32, Knoxville has better than average access to allergists, but worse than average medicine use and pollen levels.
Rank last year: #4
Despite a better than average number of allergists in the area, Jackson was assigned a total score of 96.44.