It's not surprising news for most of us, as allergy-sufferers certainly know the challenges of living in the Oklahoma City area. And it's even worse in the spring. After ranking 10th in the fall study just a couple of years ago, OKC is 6th worst for allergies in the spring 2012 report from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The list ranks 100 U.S. cities based on pollen load, allergy medicine use and allergy doctors.
The study notes Oklahoma City's abundance of irritating pollen, made worse by the warm and windy spring days. Knoxville, Tennessee ranks as the worst city for allergies, followed by McAllen, TX; Louisville, KY; Jackson, MS and Wichita, KS. Tulsa comes in at 28th.
So what can you do? Well, the AAFC offers tips to managing allergies, everything from controlling pet dander to utilizing air-handling devices. OTCsafety.org, a non-profit organization providing education on over-the-counter medicines, features a tip sheet on deciphering the difference between allergies and a cold. And Dr. Daniel More, About.com's Guide to Allergies, has an excellent, thorough collection of articles on preventing allergies in their many forms.
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