Area pollen levels have soared to as high as 10 times the average level this spring, which has led to an increase in sinus pain for many and more spending on treatments to ease seasonal allergies.
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Top 10 Worst Cities for Allergies
1. Jackson, Miss.
2. Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Chattanooga, Tenn.
4. McAllen, Texas
5. Louisville, Ky.
6. Wichita, Kan.
8. Memphis, Tenn.
9. Oklahoma City, Okla.
10. Baton Rouge, La.
Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Tips to get through allergy season
How to endure the onslaught of pollen, which can last until October:
- Keep doors closed and utilize an air conditioner or dehumidifer, keeping the air clean and cool.
- Pollen counts are highest in the morning, so attempt to stay indoors from 5 to 10 a.m.
- Avoid mowing or spending time near trees and grass.
- Shower or wash your face after spending time outdoors to remove pollen from the skin and hair.
Source: Regional Air Pollution Control Agency
What is pollen?
Pollen is a fine powder made up of microspores produced by plants. When pollen travels in the air to another plant, reproduction occurs through cross-pollination. Individual pollen grains are too small to see with the naked eye, but the grains can be seen in large clusters when they stick together.
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases