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2014 List: Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

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With spring time upon us the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released an annual list of the top 100 U.S. ‘Allergy Capitals.’

In the report the AAFA ranks cities based on analysis from several factors included but not limited to the highest pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient and the number of allergy specialists per patient. For this year Louisville, Ky., is the “Allergy Capital” of the United States.

An estimated 45 million Americans suffer from chronic sensitivity and nasal allergies to substances such as pollen and mold.

As for New York, the following cities made the list:

New York, NY – Ranked 13

Buffalo, NY – Ranked 26

Syracuse, NY – Ranked 27

Albany, NY – Ranked 44

Poughkeepsie, NY – Ranked 72

But with the proper planning and early treatment, patients can prepare and find relief. Below are some helpful tips to help prevent allergies from affecting your day to day life.

Dusting surfaces and regularly washing bedding helps to control the amount of dust mites in your home.

Vacuuming often is also helpful but wearing a mask is often a good idea because dust will be in the air.

Regularly clean air filters in the home to eliminate pollen. As well as cleaning your windows.

This is by no means an exhaustive list but just a few things that you can do to eliminate allergy triggers.