Dallas ranked among the worst US cities for allergies in 2023: Report

DALLAS (KDAF) — It’s allergy season again and that means brace yourself for itchy eyes, headaches and other symptoms common this time of year.

The big sneeze is underway, especially in Dallas, where you can see people with allergy symptoms far more often than anywhere else in the country, simply because it’s worse here.

A study conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation in America found cities in the United States where allergies are the worst.

“Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its annual Allergy Capitals Report for 2023. The report identifies the worst cities for pollen allergies in the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the continental United States. Cities are ranked based on tree, grass, and weed pollen scores, use of over-the-counter allergy medications, and the availability of board-certified allergists/immunologists,” the study said.

Here’s a look at the top 10:

  • Wichita
  • Dallas
  • Scranton
  • Oklahoma City
  • Tula
  • Sarasota
  • Cape Coral
  • Orlando
  • De Moines
  • Greenville (SC)
  • “We are experiencing longer and more intense allergy seasons due to climate change. For people with asthma, allergies can trigger an asthma attack,” says Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of AAFA. “Approximately 81 million people in the United States experience seasonal allergic rhinitis, which is most often caused by allergies to pollen. If we don’t act immediately on the climate crisis, pollen production will only intensify. That means more allergy and asthma attacks and more stress on our healthcare systems.”

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