10 Best & Worst Cities for Seasonal Allergies

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This information has been reviewed and approved by Eileen Wang, MD (March 18, 2021).


10 Best & Worst Cities for Seasonal Allergies

10 Best Cities

  1. Durham, North Carolina
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Provo, Utah
  4. Salt Lake City, Utah
  5. San Jose, California
  6. Stockton, California
  7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  8. Portland, Oregon
  9. Fresno, California
  10. Denver, Colorado


10 Worst Cities

  1. Scranton, Pennsylvania
  2. Richmond, Virginia
  3. Wichita, Kansas
  4. McAllen, Texas
  5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  6. Hartford, Connecticut
  7. Springfield, Massachusetts
  8. New Haven, Connecticut
  9. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  10. Bridgeport, Connecticut

This list is based on pollen counts, medication use and number of allergists.

Source: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 2021


Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes, nose, throat

10 Tips to Prevent & Manage Allergy Symptoms

  • Take allergy medication before your allergy season begins.
  • Use a central air conditioner with filter if possible.
  • Take doctor-recommended medications & treatments consistently.
  • Use a scarf or mask on windy days.
  • Change clothes after being outside.
  • Wash hands, body and hair after being outside & before bed.
  • Stay inside when allergen levels are high.
  • Keep car & home windows closed.          
  • Use a saline nasal wash.
  • Get help with yardwork during your allergy season.


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