Tennessee among worst states for spring allergies - WSMV News 4

Tennessee among worst states for spring allergies

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For the third consecutive year, Knoxville has been named the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with spring allergies.

Chattanooga and Memphis were also among the top 10 worst places for nasal allergies.

Nashville ranked 45 on the list, which was compiled by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Click here to see the full 2012 rankings.

The annual report was based on scientific analysis of three factors including pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient and number of board certified allergists per patient.

More than 40 million Americans suffer from nasal allergies.

"Unfortunately, the number of children and adults who have nasal allergies continues to grow every year," said Mike Tringale, Vice President of External Affairs at AAFA. "And the symptom that patients say is most bothersome is the nasal and sinus congestion that these allergies cause.

If you suffer from allergies, AAFA offers the following tips:

  • Relieve your symptoms: Many health plans ask patients to look in the pharmacy first for allergy relief, so talk to your pharmacist about over-the-counter options such as sinus washing, nasal rinsing/irrigation, antihistamines and other options. If symptoms become more frequent or severe, talk to your doctor.
  • Prevent pollen from getting indoors: You can reduce the number of outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold from entering the home by keeping windows and doors closed and setting the air conditioner on re-circulate.
  • Vacuum once or twice weekly: Vacuuming helps keep indoor allergens to a minimum. If you have allergies, wear a dust mask while doing spring cleaning indoors and, when you use cleaning sprays leave the house for several hours after cleaning to air it out.
  • Be smart about timing outdoors: Trees tend to pollinate first thing in the morning making pollen counts in the early hours very high. By noon, pollen counts are less than half than just a few hours earlier. So plan your outdoor activities after lunch or in the evening to avoid the extreme pollen of the morning.

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