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Top 10 worst cities for spring allergies

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List of worst cities for spring allergies released

Tis the season for spring allergies, and depending on where you live, they may be worse than ever this year.

Just a few years ago, the Centers for Disease Control said that over 24 million Americans self-reported that they suffered from spring allergies.

Meanwhile, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released its 2014 Spring Allergy Capitals, which is a list of the worst cities in the nation to live in if you’re allergic to common allergens like pollen, mold and other airborne irritants.

The list moves the city of Louisville up to the top spot for 2014 from its fifth spot position last year. Louisville jumped to the number one spot because of the city’s greater than average pollen counts this year, greater use of allergy medications by its residents and not having enough allergy specialists to keep up with the demand for treatment.

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According to the latest estimate, some 40 million Americans currently suffer from seasonal allergies. This includes those who experience symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, scratchy throat, and eyes that water or itch.

Among the top 10 cities in America making the list as the worst offenders for those suffering from allergies, it’s interesting to note that all 10 of them are located in the South.

Here’s this year’s top 10 list of worst cities to live in if you suffer from allergies:

1. Louisville, Ky.
2. Memphis, Tenn.
3. Baton Rouge, La.
4. Oklahoma City
5. Jackson, Miss.
6. Chattanooga, Tenn.
7. Dallas
8. Richmond, Va.
9. Birmingham, Ala.
10. McAllen, Texas

For a complete list, or to see where your hometown ranks on this year’s worst cities for allergies, click here.

SOURCE: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Allergy Capitals 2014