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New Fall Allergy Capitals(TM) Reveal the Most Challenging Cities for Allergy Sufferers
Date:10/2/2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announced today the 2009 Fall Allergy Capitals(TM) rankings. The annual research project ranks the fall's 100 most challenging cities for people with fall allergies. The top five cities this year are: McAllen, TX (1); Wichita, KS (2); Louisville, KY (3); Oklahoma City, OK (4); and Jackson, MS (5).(1) In addition, according to a recent AAFA survey, fall is also one of the most troublesome times of year for people with eye allergies. In the survey, nearly a third (29%) of respondents said that they experience eye allergy symptoms in Autumn. A full report of the fall rankings and a summary of the eye allergy survey findings are available for free at www.AllergyCapitals.com.

Many Americans may not be aware of fall allergies, but spring is not the only time you can have a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and/or congestion from upper respiratory allergies.(2A)In fact, the fall brings new allergy triggers that are not prevalent in the spring, such as ragweed.(2B) The Fall Allergy Capitals research also shows that overall pollen concentrations have increased in the top allergy cities.(1) Outdoor allergy triggers can make fall a very difficult time for the more than 35 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies.(2C)

No matter where a city ranks on the list of Fall Allergy Capitals, it's important for people to know if their hometown is included. "Whether a city is ranked number 100 on the Allergy Capitals list or number 1, it's essential for allergy sufferers to take the appropriate steps to manage their allergies," says Mike Tringale, Director of External Affairs at AAFA. "Allergy sufferers should know what allergens trigger their symptoms and how to manage them."(3)

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