Spring has officially sprung, and many parts of the United States are starting to show signs of the change in season. A common sign comes in the form of seasonal allergies. People afflicted with the perennial problem manage a variety symptoms, including sneezing, congestion, watery or itchy eyes, and/or a runny nose. Over 50 million Americans
have experiences some type of allergic reaction each year.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
, McAllen, Texas was the worst city for allergies for spring 2019. Most of the top 10 cities that posed a problem for people with seasonal allergies are in the South
, mostly due to the warmer climate, lusher landscape, and earlier onset of spring compared to other regions in the United States. A winter season with heavy rainfall and snow can also contribute to a worse than average allergy season. The precipitation keeps the ground moist
providing a water source for trees and grasses as spring comes around.
The AAFA surveyed the 100-most populated Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the lower 48 and ranked them based on three factors: the presences of pollen, allergy medication, and allergy specialist in the area. Cities in Texas come up in the top 10 twice, as do cities in Tennessee.