It may come as a surprise that the very place where you live may actually raise your likelihood of experiencing bouts of allergies. In some cities, the levels of allergens from natural and man-made sources are very high when compared to other cities. Many residents seriously consider moving to other areas because of that - something only a severe allergy-suffer would understand.
Season Can Make a Difference
As you know, spring season usually indicates a rapid rise in the number of reported cases of allergies.
In 2010, Louisville, Kentucky, topped the list among cities with the highest reported cases of spring allergies.
On the other hand, Dayton, Ohio, topped the list as having the highest number of cases every autumn season.
Common symptoms of allergies may include the following:
• Nasal congestion
• Itchy and water eyes
Although some symptoms may be mild in some people, other individuals experience severe reactions to allergens that cause so much discomfort that they are left with no choice but to leave the place they live. Moving to cities with lesser levels of allergens to which they are susceptible can often provide seasonal relief. However severe or frequent the allergic reactions are, seeking professional help should always be paramount in identifying the specific types of allergens you should avoid.
Cities with the Lowest Cases of Allergies
Whether or not you strongly intend to move to another place at specific times of the year, it would always be helpful to know which cities have the lowest cases of allergies. Who knows, moving into one of these areas might eventually be part of your long-term goals.
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) of Louisville, Kentucky, lists the cities having the lowest cases of allergies. Here's a quick roundup of the list:
1. Boston, Mass.
2. Stockton, Sacramento, and San Diego, Calif.
3. Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah
4. Greenville, South Carolina
5. Seattle, Wash.
6. New Haven, Conn.
7. Boise, Idaho
8. Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.
9. Portland, Ore.
10. Daytona Beach and Miami, Fla.
When a city or a particular area is widely known for its high concentrations of pollens, smog, and pollutants, reported cases of allergies are most likely to be very high. In addition, the numbers also account for specific types of allergies to which each of the affected individuals is uniquely susceptible.
Whatever type of allergy you have, knowing the facts will always help you decide which short-term or long-term measures you might want to choose.