For second straight year, Jackson named worst place for allergy - - Jackson, MS

For second straight year, Jackson named worst place for allergy sufferers

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The sniffles, the sneezes and cold chills all mean one thing: allergy season is here, and no one feels it more across the country than right here in Jackson.

The Asthma and Allergy Association named the Capital City the most challenging place in the country to live if you have allergies.

"It increases the number of people coming to see us," said Ridgeland family physician Dr. Timothy Quinn. "I'd say half of the visits have allergy symptoms. Now, we do have our regular follow-ups for people with hypertension or other chronic conditions, but it's funny that a lot of those patients say, 'By the way, I'm having these allergy symptoms,' and we'll treat those as well as the problems they came for."

It may not be surprising that Jackson tops the list of cities across the nation, ranked as "allergy capitals," for the second straight year.

Three categories determine the ranking: the pollen score, amount of allergy medication used in the area, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient.

The AAFA report said Jackson did poorly on the first two categories, but has more allergists available than the national average.

That's good news for those suffering from the sniffles, but Dr. Quinn said there's also an important point to remember here.

Just because that pollen's hitting you hard doesn't mean you have to go to the doctor.

"They can actually try the pharmacy first. A lot of the over-the-counter medications work quite well. If they start to develop fever, that's when they need to go see their doctor very quickly, because this is an indication that they could possibly have an infection that might require an antibiotic that requires a prescription," Quinn said.

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