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Tulsa Tops Spring Allergy City List

Group Lists Top 100 U.S. Cities Challenged by Spring Allergies
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

April 16, 2007 -- Tulsa, Okla., is the U.S. city most challenged by spring allergies this year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

The AAFA today issued its list of America's 100 spring allergy capitals. These towns are the "most challenging places to live with spring allergies," states the AAFA.

The spring allergy capitals are:

  1. Tulsa, Okla.
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth
  3. Fort Myers, Fla.
  4. San Antonio
  5. Tucson, Ariz.
  6. St. Louis
  7. Wichita, Kan.
  8. Little Rock, Ark.
  9. Charlotte, N.C.
  10. Atlanta
  11. Augusta, Ga.
  12. Jacksonville, Fla.
  13. El Paso, Texas
  14. Columbia, S.C.
  15. Oklahoma City
  16. Bakersfield, Calif.
  17. Tampa, Fla.
  18. Sarasota, Fla.
  19. Las Vegas
  20. Los Angeles
  21. Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.
  22. Richmond, Va.
  23. Birmingham, Ala.
  24. Austin, Texas
  25. McAllen, Texas
  26. Memphis
  27. San Francisco
  28. Houston
  29. Greensboro, N.C.
  30. Jackson, Miss.
  31. Charleston, S.C.
  32. Allentown, Pa.
  33. Philadelphia
  34. Melbourne, Fla.
  35. Orlando, Fla.
  36. Daytona Beach, Fla.
  37. West Palm Beach, Fla.
  38. Albuquerque, N.M.
  39. Madison, Wis.
  40. Norfolk, Va.
  41. Pittsburgh
  42. Milwaukee, Wis.
  43. Indianapolis
  44. Mobile, Ala.
  45. Pensacola, Fla.
  46. Springfield, Mo.
  47. Louisville, Ky.
  48. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.
  49. Modesto, Calif.
  50. Sacramento, Calif.
  51. Stockton, Calif.
  52. Lexington, Ky.
  53. Greenville, S.C.
  54. San Diego, Calif.
  55. Denver
  56. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  57. Dayton, Ohio
  58. New Orleans
  59. Rochester, N.Y.
  60. Salt Lake City
  61. Johnson City, Tenn.
  62. Cincinnati
  63. Knoxville, Tenn.
  64. Omaha, Neb.
  65. Nashville
  66. Baltimore
  67. Baton Rouge, La.
  68. Columbus, Ohio
  69. South Bend, Ind.
  70. Kansas City, Mo.
  71. Washington
  72. Canton, Ohio
  73. Cleveland
  74. Hartford, Conn.
  75. Lancaster, Pa.
  76. Harrisburg, Pa.
  77. Buffalo, N.Y.
  78. Youngstown, Ohio
  79. New York
  80. Spokane, Wash.
  81. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  82. Providence, R.I.
  83. Fresno, Calif.
  84. Portland, Ore.
  85. Chicago
  86. Boise City, Idaho
  87. Des Moines, Iowa
  88. Albany, N.Y.
  89. Miami
  90. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  91. Kalamazoo, Mich.
  92. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  93. Toledo, Ohio
  94. Scranton, Pa.
  95. Syracuse, N.Y.
  96. Seattle
  97. Lansing, Mich.
  98. Detroit
  99. Boston
  100. Fort Wayne, Ind.

The AAFA based its ratings on three factors: seasonal pollen counts, allergy medicine use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient.

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