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Worst Cities for People With Fall Allergies

Louisville, Ky., is the toughest place to live if you have fall allergies, says a 2012 list from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Louisville moved up from sixth in last year's rankings of the country's top 100 metro areas.

The rankings are based on several factors:

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  • airborne pollen counts from grass, trees, weeds, and mold spores
  • number of people affected by pollen allergies
  • the number of allergy medications used per person
  • the number of allergy specialists per 10,000 patients

Louisville’s score was 100. The city that’s best for people with fall allergies, Sacramento, Calif., had a score of 38.85.

The top five allergy capitals for fall 2012 and their scores are:

Louisville, Ky. 100.00

Wichita, Kan. 99.85

Knoxville, Tenn. 98.79

Jackson, Miss. 96.09

McAllen, Texas  94.15

The five cities with the lowest scores, meaning the cities that are best for people with fall allergies, are:

Sacramento, Calif. 38.85

Portland, Ore. 39.11

Stockton, Calif.  40.81

Daytona Beach, Fla.  42.52

San Francisco, Calif. 43.17

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on October 29, 2012

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