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Southeast expected to have a long, grueling allergy season

With allergy season looming, people are already beginning to feel the effects of trees shedding their pollen. Recently, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released a list of the 13 worst cities for allergies this season, bearing in mind that chronic indoor and outdoor allergies are the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S., according to KGO Newstalk 810.

Nine cities on the list hailed from the Southeast region of the country, with Knoxville, Louisville and Charlotte rounding out the top three. Jackson, Birmingham and Chattanooga also made it onto the list.

Taking preventative steps can help cut down on the number of allergens that make their way indoors. Try to avoid drying clothes outside during the warm weather season. When possible, shower after spending time outdoors to remove pollen from skin and clothing, KGO Newstalk 810 says.

Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year might want to consider purchasing a top market air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device has a HyperHEPA filter, which is designed to trap particles that are as small as .03 microns in size. In turn, users can remove bacteria and particles, such as pollen and dust, from the air in their homes. This can help allergy and asthma sufferers breathe a little easier.