Is Named Top City for 2005 Fall AllergiesThe
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has once again released
their annual Fall Allergy Capital ™ rankings to bring awareness
to Americans that seasonal allergies in the fall can cause problems
for millions in cities all across the country. According to the rankings,
Chicago, IL ranks as the #1 Fall Allergy Capital this year.
Researchers ranked the 2005 Fall Allergy Capitals based on several
environmental and medical factors such as pollen levels and medication
usage in each city. At the top of the list Chicago has one of the
highest fall pollen levels and patient medication usage as well
as a lower-than-average number of board certified allergies per
patient. Also, three cities in Florida, Tampa (#3), Dayton (#4)
and Melbourne (#10).
Here are the top ten 2005 Fall Allergy Capitals:
The AAFA reports that seasonal allergies affect
more than 35 million Americans, costing the U.S. economy
more than $7 billion annually.
Among adults, allergies are the 5th leading chronic disease and
a major cause of work absenteeism, or "presenteeism," resulting
in nearly 4 million missed or lost workdays each year, accounting
for more than $700 million in total lost productivity. "Allergy
is a serious disease," says Mike Tringale, Director of Communications
for AAFA, "and these rankings send a message that fall allergies
can seriously affect every city."
"The Fall Allergy Capitals list should make a person think
twice before assuming that their runny nose, sneezing, congestion,
watery eyes and itchy throat are due to a cold," says Dr.
Derek Johnson, MD, an allergist at Temple University Medical Center
and a medical advisor to AAFA. "These are classic symptoms
of seasonal allergies. When it comes to allergies, don't move to
another city! Instead, think about having a year-round plan for
preventing and managing your allergies," said Johnson.
This year's research was sponsored in part by Aventis Pharmaceuticals
Inc., a member of the sanofi-aventis Group. Pollen data was donated
by Pollen.com, a division of Surveillance Data Inc.
Top 50 of 100 Fall Allergy Capitals for
Here are the top 50 capitals for fall allergies
this year along with their total score (67.62 average).
- Little Rock,
- Tampa, FL
Beach, FL 95.48
- South Bend,
Worth, TX 93.27
- Tulsa, OK
City, OK 90.84
- Omaha, NE
- San Antonio,
- Saint Louis,
City, TN 79.58
- New Orleans,
- Baton Rouge,
- Kansas City,
Paul, MN 68.31
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