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Cities with the worst allergies

Allergy season is fast approaching and according to many experts, the severity of allergies is set to grow substantially in the coming years. Discovery News reports that continued earlier springs have led to longer growing seasons, thus boosting the pollen count around the nation. Dr. Leonard Bielory, an allergist specialist at Rutgers Center for Environmental Prediction, estimates pollen levels will increase by 20 percent by 2020.

Despite the growth in pollen levels in the U.S., some residents might be getting it worse than others based on the city they live in. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAF) recently released its annual top 10 worst places for spring allergies list, and Tennessee takes the cake with three cities featured on the list. 

This year's list includes Jackson, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; Louisville, Ky.; Wichita, Kan.; Dayton, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla. and Baton Rouge, La., while a few other cities will also see a rise in pollen levels. According to the AAF people in Springfield, Mass.; Buffalo, N.Y. and Grand Rapids, Mich. will also be hit hard with allergies in 2013. 

Even if you don't live in one of these allergy hotspots, it doesn't mean pollution won't affect your symptoms. You might not be able to avoid itchy eyes and a runny nose while outside, but you can breathe easy at home by installing a professional-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900.

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