Now that April has arrived, people all over the U.S. are purchasing their home air purifiers and stocking up on medication to prepare for the harsh allergy season. Although devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can have a major impact on the air quality and allergen level of an indoor space, there are a few cities around the country that are naturally worse for people with allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released its list of the worst cities for those with spring allergies. Urban areas were ranked based on pollen counts, the use of allergy medication by residents and the number of allergists making a living in the area.
Louisville, Ky., earned the No. 1 spot as the worst city for individuals with allergies this spring. It jumped four slots from last year thanks to above-average pollen counts and too few allergists to deal with all of the patients. It was closely followed by Memphis, Tenn., and Baton Rouge, La., USA Today reported.
People living in Los Angeles can celebrate, however. According to CNN, the California city dropped a whopping 39 places to No. 77, which will be a huge relief for many residents with allergies.