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

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  • This year's report indicates that more than fifty percent of the United States' population lives in one of the 100 Fall Allergy Capital cities. However, McAllen, TX is ranked number one this year due to a higher-than-average pollen score, higher use of allergy medications per person, and lower-than-average access to allergy specialists, compared to other cities on the list.(1)

    About Allergies

    More than 36 million Americans suffer from indoor and outdoor allergic rhinitis, also known as upper respiratory allergies.(2C) Allergies are caused when a person's immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances.(3B) These substances are often referred to as triggers.(3C) People can encounter indoor and outdoor allergy triggers anytime throughout the year that can lead to allergy symptoms. (3C) Indoor allergies can occur year-round and are triggered by substances such as mold, dust mites, and pet dander.(3D) These allergens are often inhaled through the nose and mouth, putting the allergens in contact with the immune cells in the lining of the nose, mouth, throat, and airways of the lungs causing an allergic response. (3D) Similarly, outdoor allergies can occur when outdoor allergens such as pollen from grasses, weeds and trees are inhaled through the nose and mouth into the lungs causing an allergic response.(3E) Those who suffer from outdoor allergies are often affected by allergies in the spring and fall.(3F) Symptoms for both indoor and outdoor allergies can include itchy, watery eyes, itchy nose or throat,(2F) sneezing(2G) and runny nose.(2F)

    About The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest and largest asthm
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