Best U.S. Cities For Allergy Sufferers

Couple walking with bike.As the temperatures increase, so do the number of people suffering from seasonal allergies. Allergy sufferers fight through the tree buds and flower blooms, sniffling all the way. And just when relief is in sight, it’s time for fall allergies and ragweed season. So what cities in the United States are best for allergy sufferers?

First, let’s determine what makes a place “allergy friendly.” Pollen count is a huge consideration when establishing the best cities for allergy sufferers. Basically, the more pollen that’s in the air, the more symptoms you will experience. Another thing to consider is geography. For example, cities in the mountains are typically less allergy prone than valleys. Finally, being in the city versus the country can play a factor. Staying in the city, away from the flowers, grasses, crops, etc. may offer some temporary relief.

It’s important to note that those who tend to suffer from seasonal allergies will likely suffer no matter where they live. While you may experience a temporary relief from the allergens that normally cause symptoms, you will eventually start developing sensitivities to the allergens wherever you are. With that in mind, if you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer looking to escape for a week long vacation or getaway, there are some places that may offer relief from your everyday sniffles.

Based on the temperate weather swings, here are the top 10 cities for those suffering from allergies:

  1. Portland, Ore.
  2. Seattle, Wash.
  3. San Diego, Calif.
  4. Sacramento, Calif.
  5. Albany, NY
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Stockton, Calif.
  8. San Jose, Calif.
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Daytona Beach, Fla.

If you are dealing with allergies and are in need of some relief, consider seeking medical care. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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Signs and Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

AllergySeasonal allergies affect more than 67 million people. If you’re one of these people, you know how miserable allergy symptoms can be. Allergies are defined as a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance, also known as an allergen, forcing the immune system to overreact. Knowing the signs of allergies is crucial to treating them quickly.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

There are a number of symptoms linked to seasonal allergies that can be experienced in a combination of ways. These symptoms include:

  • sneezing
  • wheezing
  • nasal congestion
  • coughing
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • runny nose
  • itchy throat
  • stomach ache
  • itchy skin
  • hives
  • fatigue
  • irritability

How Are Seasonal Allergies Diagnosed?

Most often, a skin test is used to identify specific allergies. Scratching the skin so a doctor can observe your body’s reaction to each allergen, the skin test could help prevent a future allergic reaction which could be life threatening.

Seeking Relief For Seasonal Allergies

While it may not be possible to completely prevent seasonal allergies, there are a number of things you can do to seek relief during their peak. First off, know your allergy triggers (this can be done through the skin test). Secondly, see your doctor or an allergist for a prescription. Antihistamines can help prevent more histamine, a chemical that is released when you’re experiencing an allergic reaction, from being released. He or she will likely recommend a nasal spray as well, which can help reduce the inflammation in the lining of the nose. Finally, it’s a good idea to check pollen counts any time you plan to travel. Typically, pollen counts are lower near the ocean or bays.

If you believe you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.