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top-10-worst-places-for-allergiesIf you're heading south any time soon, be ready to greet more than just the warm weather this Spring!

Even though heading south seems perfect for your spring break plans, think again about where to! The southern states in the U.S are not only well-known for warm weather but for their high pollen count, number of allergy medications per patients and the number of allergy specialists per patient. Based on a scale by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), these ten cities were the worst for seasonal allergies in 2013.

Top 10 Worst Cities For Allergies

  1. Jackson, MS (Score: 100)
  2. Knoxville, TN (99.62)
  3. Chattanooga, TN (94.41)
  4. McAllen, TX (91.37)
  5. Louisville, KY (91.13)
  6. Wichita, KN (90.40)
  7. Dayton, OH (88.33)
  8. Memphis, TN (86.03)
  9. Oklahoma City, OK (84.83)
  10. Baton Rouge, LA (83.27)

Reasons For Southern Allergies

Due to the warmer, lighter and humid weather, many southern states are polluted with various trees that are known for producing allergies. Pollination happens when the weather gets warmer and for southern states, warmer weather comes earlier in the Spring. Florida, however, sees minimal allergies thanks to the ocean breeze, which can clear the air of allergens. Yet, states like Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas are not surrounded by the ocean breeze, hence the high score by the AAFA.

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