Spring and summer mean no more snow but that doesn't mean the runny noses are over. Many people suffer from allergies, in fact more than 50 million people have reported suffering from allergies every year. And let's be honest, we don't have the luxury of moving to the southwest to avoid them at all costs. But how does this region and more specifically Buffalo play out for people with allergies?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) ranked the 100 largest cities in order of most challenging for those with spring allergies. The AAFA,

"seeks to raise awareness about the impact of spring seasonal allergies and provide helpful information to improve the quality of life for the people who experience them."

Top 25 Cities Most Challenging Places to Live For People With Spring Allergies

  1. McAllen, TX
  2. Louisville, KY
  3. Jackson, MS
  4. Memphis, TN
  5. San Antonio, TX
  6. Providence, RI
  7. Dayton, OH
  8. Syracuse, NY
  9. Oklahoma City, OK
  10. Knoxville, TN
  11. Springfield, MA
  12. Baton Rouge, LA
  13. El Paso, TX
  14. Toledo, OH 70.47
  15. New Orleans, LA
  16. Richmond, VA
  17. Little Rock, AR
  18. Youngstown, OH
  19. Columbia, SC
  20. Chattanooga, TN
  21. Birmingham, AL
  22. Wichita, KS
  23. Buffalo, NY
  24. New Haven, CT
  25. New York, NY

While Buffalo isn't the worst it is for sure towards the top of the list. This means that if you have allergies you better get ready or when the ice finally thaws.  In the Northeast, Buffalo ranks fourth amongst the most challenging cities to live.

Most Challenging Cities In The Northeast for Those With Spring Allergies

  1. Providence, RI
  2. Syracuse, NY 74.96
  3. Springfield, MA
  4. Buffalo, NY
  5. New Haven, CT

The AAFA gave those who suffer from Spring Pollen Allergies some tips to reduce allergic reactions,

Limit your outdoor activities

  • Keep your windows closed
  • Use central air conditioning with air filtration
  • Wear sunglasses when you are outdoors
  • Wear a hat to cover your hair
  • Take a shower and shampoo your hair before going to bed to remove pollen from your hair and skin
  • Change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities
  • Dry your laundry in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line
  • Limit close contact with pets that spend a lot of time outdoors
  • Wipe pets off with a towel before they enter your home
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home
  • Wash your bedding in hot, soapy water once a week
  • Rinse the inside of your nose with a nasal rinse to flush out and remove pollens you have inhaled into your nasal passages
  • Use a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner (portable or whole house/HVAC)

For more tips and to learn more about the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America you can visit aafa.org or click HERE.



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