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Lexington, Ky., Tops the 2008 Spring Allergy Capitals List
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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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