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Jackson tops list of Spring Allergy Capitals

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Jackson is the most challenging place to live with spring allergies in the U.S., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (Source: American Med Dev) Jackson is the most challenging place to live with spring allergies in the U.S., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (Source: American Med Dev)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

After two consecutive years in fourth place, Jackson has risen to the No. 1 spot and has been crowned the Spring Allergy Capital.

That means Jackson is the most challenging place to live with spring allergies this year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

"Primary factors that contribute to the pollen counts being so high here and typically getting the scores as bad as we do is the long pollen season that we have, the warmer environment with the humidity and the long growing season," said Dr. Daniel Venarske with Mississippi Asthma and Allergy Clinic.

Springtime allergens are due to a microscopic protein that travel in the air for miles. So patients can just step outside of their homes and be exposed to significant amount of pollen allergies.

AAFA has released its annual list of the Top 100 Spring Allergy Capitals. The rankings are determined using data from the 100 largest metro areas. The data includes pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient and the number of allergy specialist per patient.

Jackson rose to the top this year because of very high pollen and a large reliance on allergy medications among allergy patients, according to the AAFA. Out of the 100 cities on the list, Jackson showed the greatest use of allergy medications.

While there's not much in the way of avoiding exposure, Dr. Venarske says there's no need to sit and suffer.

"If a patient is not seeing results within a few days to weeks of beginning over the counter medication and they're having significant symptoms, it's time to go ahead and take that next step and be evaluated and get on something that's going to be more effective," he said.

Doctors say the best treatment for severe allergies is a prescription nasal steroid and daily antihistamine. That combination should help allergy sufferers see a little more clearly.

A number of southern cities were ranked at the top of the list. Fifteen of the top 25 cities this year are in the south.

The Top 10 Allergy Capitals are:

  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Knoxville, TN
  3. Chattanooga, TN
  4. McAllen, TX
  5. Louisville, KY
  6. Wichita, KS
  7. Dayton, OH
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Oklahoma City, OK
  10. Baton Rouge, LA

For a complete list of the 2013 Spring Allergy Capitals, visit AllergyCapitals.com.

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