Allergies affect sufferers at different points of the year. The Spring is prime time for allergies as flowers and trees begin to bloom—making pollen allergy sufferers absolutely miserable.

It is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year. Most sufferers have mild symptoms, but for some could even be life-threatening. Those suffering from chronic asthma are at most risk of severe allergies.

All in all, the south often sees an increase in allergies beginning in February and continuing through May. While we all know some seasons are worse than others for allergies, did you also know that the state you live in can also impact allergy sufferers?


Here is a list of the top 10 worst cities in the United States for allergies.

1. Knoxville, Tennessee– In 2014 and 2015, Knoxville has been named one of the top worst cities in the U.S. for allergies. In fact, Tennessee is where “everything comes together”, in regards to trees and plants. The more grassy areas with trees and plants, the more pollen, which mean more allergies.

2. Louisville, Kentucky – Louisville ranked in the number two spot for one of the worst cities for 2014 and 2015. Again, like Knoxville, southern states are known for the most growth in terms of grass, trees, and plants, making pollen abundant each Spring season, and making allergy sufferers miserable.

3. Charlotte, North Carolina – Charlotte ranks as the number three spot, but not too far behind Louisville. Pollen and mold begin growing in early April, and steamy summers and shorter, mild winters are a recipe for allergy disaster!

4. Jackson, Mississippi – Close behind third placed Charlotte is Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to longer growing seasons and more growth, another common factor behind allergies is rainfall.

source: U.S. Climate Data – Climate Jackson

In fact, between the months of February and March, Jackson sees an increase in rainfall, which can make matters worse for allergy sufferers.

Check out this site to read more about the climate in Jackson, Mississippi and other Southern states.

5. Chattanooga, Tennessee – Tennessee wins again. Chattanooga, which is the fourth largest city in Tennessee, and is only a little over 100 miles from Knoxville, which ranked number one, as we saw earlier in this list.

6. Birmingham, Alabama – Just a few decimal points behind Chattanooga is Birmingham, Alabama. Again, the more that grows, the more you are going to blow your nose!

7. Dayton, Ohio– Following closely behind Birmingham is Dayton, Ohio. As of May 2015, Dayton has moved up on the list of the worst cities for allergies due to higher-than-average pollen counts.

8. Richmond, Virginia– Richmond is known for sneezing and wheezing, which is one reason why it ranks in the number 8 spot on our list of the worst U.S. cities for allergies. Environmental groups believe that longer growing seasons and shorter winters are the cause of allergies in this southern state.

9. McAllen, Texas– This southwestern city has ranked in the top 10 worst cities for fall and spring allergies for the past five consecutive years. States with warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels are often culprits for allergies.

10. Madison, Wisconsin – Finally, Madison, Wisconsin ranks in the number 10 slot for one of the worst cities for allergies in the U.S. Ragweed is extremely common in Madison, which can make the late summer and fall season a “drag” for allergy sufferers.

While it’s difficult to determine which cities are the best and worst for allergy sufferers, it is often climate and geography that have the biggest impact. As you may have noticed, Florida did NOT rank on the list, but this doesn’t mean we don’t suffer from allergies.

While cities and areas that see warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels are known for tough allergies, Florida is also located near the coast, which can reduce the amount of pollen and other allergens in the air.

If You Suffer From Allergies, Call an ENT Specialist in Boynton Beach for Help

As we approach allergy season here in Florida, you might be dreading this thought. Why suffer when you can work with an ENT specialist in Boynton Beach to relieve your allergies?

Visit here to find out how an ENT specialist in Boynton Beach can help you with your allergies, before they begin this season.