America’s Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the US. Climate change all across the globe is not helping either. Pollen allergies are worsening with each passing year. The winters keep getting milder, resulting in early pollination.

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The El Nino effect also has a role to play in all of this. El Nino is a climate pattern that describes the unusual warming of surface waters in the east equatorial Pacific Ocean. Trade winds and atmosphere is also affected by El Nino. Winds disperse pollen more widely due to extreme weather conditions, which can lead to higher allergy symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes and cough.

To make sure your Spring is both beautiful and healthy, here is a list of 8 places to avoid in Spring:

1. Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson is luscious in spring with layers and layers Oak, Ash, Elm and Hickory trees. The result? Layers and layers of springtime pollen.

2. Memphis, Tennessee

Pollen friendly trees thrive in the warm days and cool Memphis nights. It’s been deemed as one of the worst places for Asthma patients by the Asthma and Allergy foundation of America.

3. Syracuse, New York

Dense with Hardwood trees that make for beautiful furniture wood, heavy Oak and Elm plantations make Syracuse difficult to enjoy spring in.

4. Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky’s widespread bluegrass creates more pollen than any other grass. A complete no-no for late spring and early summers.

5. McAllen, Texas

Pollen from the mountain Cedar trees blow for miles riding on the spring breeze. Native plants of Texas like Mesquite and Huisache are also responsible for aggravating spring allergies. The weather is dry and it doesn’t rain much here either, making it difficult for pollen to clear the air.

6. Wichita, Kansas

Wichitas weeds and grass lead to major watery eyes and itching. A dearth of allergy doctors makes Wichita completely unsuitable for spring.

7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s generous sun and tree line avenues add to high pollen scores. Oak, Mulberry, Poplar, Aspen and Sycamore trees add to allergies.

8. Knoxville, Tennessee

Pollen from Oak, Birch, Maple and Elder trees get trapped in the breeze with the help of the surrounding mountains of the valley.

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