Asthma is a chronic medical condition involving the airways, which makes it difficult for a person to breathe. It affects about one out of 15 people in the United States. Living with asthma can be a challenge. All your life, you have to dodge allergens that can trigger an attack. These can be anything from pollen to dust mites to pollution and so on. If you live in the United States, there are certain cities that should be off-limits to people with asthma. Below, you’ll find a list of the cities compiled by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) which you should avoid if you have this condition.
This historic city in Virginia located along James River earned the top spot in America’s top 10 asthma capitals for the second consecutive year. High pollen count, poor air quality and high poverty rate are some of the factors that put Richmond on this rank. Socio-economic factors do not increase your risk of asthma but it limits access to health care necessary for proper management of this condition.
Although Knoxville has an above average quality of medical facilities for people with asthma, it still belongs to the list because of its poor air quality and incomplete smoke-free laws.
Still in the same state is another city off-limits for asthmatic people. Memphis, a Mississippi river town, is a burden for these people due to weak regulations regarding public smoking as well as poor quality of air. It doesn’t help either that there is a high rate of poverty in this area.
Dry, dusty, and high in pollen count – these are just few of the many things that make Tulsa one of the cities you can’t reside in if you have asthma. Not to mention, they also have weak regulations when it comes to public smoking.
Golf enthusiasts flock to this part of Georgia for its wide array of exquisite golf courses that are lined with blooming flowers. Because of that, pollen count is high in Augusta. Other factors like poverty and high asthma death rates put this city on this list.
Virginia Beach, VA
Tourists are attracted to this city’s gorgeous sandy beaches. It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the country. However, you should take a rain check if you’re an asthmatic. The air quality and pollen score make asthma rates very high in Virginia Beach. There is also very few medical specialists that treat asthma patients.
One of the cities with worst air quality and pollen score is Philadelphia. Among residents, high rates of asthma occur each year. There is also high rate of use of asthma medications since there are not enough specialists to tend to all people suffering from asthma in this city.
Nashville is the third Tennessee city that belongs in the list. Although its pollen score is better than other cities, it is worse in terms of poverty, air pollution, and smoke-free laws.