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10-01-2012, 09:34 AM
From Everyday Health email newsletter--Is your city on this list? Sarasota isn't.

The Worst Cities for Fall AllergiesThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today released its annual list of the biggest allergy offenders, based on a review of pollen counts, allergy medication usage, and the number of allergists per patient in each area.
Here are the AAFA's Top 25 toughest places to live with allergies this fall (http://www.aafa.org/pdfs/Public%20LIST%20FALL_2012%20v1.pdf). You may recognize some of them from the list of the worst places for spring allergies (http://www.everydayhealth.com/allergy/0403/the-worst-cities-for-spring-allergies.aspx).

Louisville, Ky.
Wichita, Kan.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Jackson, Miss.
McAllen, Texas
Dayton, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Memphis, Tenn.
Madison, Wis.
Baton Rouge, La.
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Buffalo, N.Y.
New Orleans, La.
Rochester, N.Y.
San Antonio, Texas
Little Rock, Ark.
Birmingham, Ala.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Tulsa, Okla.
Youngstown, Ohio
Syracuse, N.Y.
Omaha, Neb.
Des Moines, Iowa
Toledo, Ohio
Providence, R.I.
Dealing With Fall Allergy SymptomsAll of these cities fall into the "worse than average" category, so even if you've been through past fall allergy seasons in your city or don't live in one on the Top 25, try these tips from the AAFA (http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=7&sub=100&cont=871).

Close windows and doors to keep pollen outside.
Keep dust mites where you sleep to a minimum by washing sheets often.
Reduce mold presence by decreasing moisture around the house with a dehumidifier. (Keep humidity below 50 percent.)

10-01-2012, 04:43 PM
I can say from this weekend, that Grand Rapids is spot on. I spent the weekend there and my mom was miserable from her allergies. So were a lot of her friends. When she worked as a nurse, she worked in an allergist's office, and they were always busy.

I wonder if it's that Grand Rapids has a lot of green spaces, so more pollen? They have less heavy industry than metro Detroit, and what seems like clearer air.

My allergies are to things that pollinate in the springtime, so I just spent the weekend dealing with hot flashes.

10-01-2012, 07:53 PM
Yes Grand Rapids is crazy with the allergies this fall and last spring. I usually only suffer in the spring but it seems like they didn't go away at all. My daughter has been suffering too.. longer than usual. Yay for Zyrtec!

10-05-2012, 12:30 PM
Who wants to keep windows closed in the fall?

I'm happy to live in Nevada.