Here are the 10 best places to live in the US if you have seasonal allergies

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Here are the 10 best places to live in the US if you have seasonal allergies

More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and most of those allergies are driven by the pollen in the air.

The AAFA released its annual list of so-called “allergy capitals” in the U.S. for 2022. It is based on pollen data, the use of over-the-counter allergy medication and the number of board-certified allergists or immunologists in each place.

A city at the top of the list means allergy sufferers will likely have a more challenging time treating them, and the opposite is true if a city is at the bottom of the list.

Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the AAFA, said that more than 24 million people in the U.S. have hay fever – a condition that produces a runny nose, congestion, sneezing and itching. He said seasonal allergies can also trigger an asthma attack, and emergency room visits spike each pollen season.

“Around 3,600 people per year die from asthma, so it is important to address and manage asthma and allergy triggers where you live,” Mendez said in a press release issued by the AAFA.

The AAFA recommends people with seasonal allergies keep the windows closed during pollen season, use HEPA filters on their A/C systems, take showers before bed and wear masks and hair coverings when outside. Get even more tips from the AAFA here.

Several over-the-counter medications can also help people manage their allergies. Check with a doctor to see which treatment is best.

10 least-challenging places in US for seasonal allergy sufferers

10. Fresno, California

9. Phoenix, Arizona

Pheonix, Arizona was rated a top city for allergy sufferers.
Pheonix, Arizona was rated a top city for allergy sufferers.
Jack Kurtz

8. Provo, Utah

7. Denver, Colorado

Mountain weather conditions in Denver, Colorado make the city an attractive choice for allergy sufferers.
Mountain weather conditions in Denver, Colorado make the city an attractive choice for allergy sufferers.
David Zalubowski

6. Sacramento, California

5. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon ranked number five on AAFA's list.
Portland, Oregon ranked number five on AAFA’s list.
David Papazian

4. San Jose, California

The Bay Area, including San Jose, was highly rated by the AAFA.
The Bay Area, including San Jose, was highly rated by the AAFA.
AP

3. San Francisco, California

San Francisco made it into the AAFA's top three best cities for allergy sufferers.
San Francisco made it into the AAFA’s top three best cities for allergy sufferers.
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2. Durham, North Carolina

1. Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington ranked number one on AAFA's list.
Seattle, Washington ranked number one on AAFA’s list.
Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau

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