The Best & Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Carah Santos, MD (August 2018).

 

The Best & Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

Best Cities for Fall Allergies Worst Cities for Fall Allergies
1. San Jose, CA 1. Jackson, MS
2. Sacramento, CA 2. Memphis, TN
3. Portland, OR 3. McAllen, TX
4. Daytona Beach, FL 4. Louisville, KY
5. Denver, CO 5. Syracuse, NY
6. San Francisco, CA 6. Oklahoma City, OK
7. Colorado Springs, CO 7. Buffalo, NY
8. Boise, ID 8. Dayton, OH
9. Palm Bay, FL 9. Toledo, OH
10. Provo, UT 10. Knoxville, TN
11. Stockton, CA 11. New Orleans, LA
12. Seattle, WA 12. Providence, RI
13. Raleigh, NC 13. Tulsa, OK
14. Washington, DC 14. Baton Rouge, LA
15. San Diego, CA 15. Little Rock, AR
16. Sarasota, FL 16. San Antonio, TX
17. Ogden, UT 17. Akron, OH
18. Salt Lake City, UT 18. Youngstown, OH
19. Oxnard, CA 19. Springfield, MA
20. Orlando, FL 20. Richmond, VA
21. Boston, MA 21. Cleveland, OH
22. Spokane, WA 22. Chattanooga, TN
23. Las Vegas, NV 23. Dallas, TX
24. Bakersfield, CA 24. Columbia, SC
25. Baltimore, MD 25. Madison, WI
  26. Omaha, NE

 

Source: 2018

 

What Are Common Fall Allergens?

  • Weeds - Bottlebrush, Curly dock, Lamb’s Quarters (Pigweed), Ragweed, Sagebrush, Sheep's sorrel
  • Molds - Grow on fallen leaves, compost piles, grasses and grains, and in soil


5 Tips to Manage Fall Allergies

  • Stay indoors and keep windows closed from late-morning to mid-afternoon when weed pollen counts are highest. 
  • Wash away pollens immediately after coming in from outside. 
  • Wear a mask when raking leaves or using a leaf blower. 
  • Clean heat vents and change your furnace filter to remove mold or other allergens left over from summer. 
  • Avoid bonfire smoke, wood fireplaces and stoves, and dust on stored blankets.

 

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