Why is the South Terrible for People with Allergies?
Chris Weller has recently explained why eight of the top ten worst cities for people with allergies are in the south. In his article, he cited the predominant growth of ragweed in the area as the culprit to this phenomenon.
This article was published on Medical Daily:
Fall is quickly approaching: the mornings are brisk, the days are shorter, and ragweed pollen — not love — is in the air. Fall allergies are a great source of dread for people in the twilight of the summer, as their sinuses clog up and daily life becomes more about finding the nearest box of tissues than enjoying the fading summer warmth. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) just released its list of the 100 worst cities for allergies in the U.S., and eight of the top 10 land in the South. What gives?
The top 10 worst cities for allergies are:
10. Oklahoma City, Okla.
9. Chattanooga, Tenn.
8. Dayton, Ohio
7. Baton Rouge, La.
6. McAllen, Texas
5. Memphis, Tenn.
4. Louisville, Ky.
3. Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Jackson, Miss.
1. Wichita, Kan.
What’s Going On Down There?
With the exception of Wichita and Dayton, the list comprises entirely southern cities (the AAFA counts Oklahoma City in the South), which raises the inevitable question: why are southern people so susceptible to allergies?
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