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    100 Worst Spring Allergy Cities

    Lexington, Ky., Tops the 2008 Spring Allergy Capitals List
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    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    April 24, 2008 -- Lexington, Ky., tops the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's 2008 list of "spring allergy capitals."

    Greensboro, N.C., takes second place, followed by Johnson City, Tenn., Augusta, Ga., and Jackson, Miss. in fifth place.

    The annual list is based on four factors: allergy prevalence, seasonal pollen, allergy medication use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergy specialists per patient. Rankings can change quite a bit from year to year. For instance, Lexington leads this year's rankings but was in the No. 52 spot on the 2007 list.

    Here is the complete list of 2008 spring allergy capitals:

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

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