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10 Best Cities for Allergy Sufferers: 5 Tips To Make Life Easier

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It may not be possible for people with spring allergies to completely avoid allergy symptoms when the warm weather hits. Some areas of the country are better for this than others, however.

A "good" city will have a lower pollen count. This is influenced by such factors as climate, temperatures, dampness or dryness, and profusion of trees and other plants.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) rates American cities every year. A city's ranking is determined in part by each cities' pollen score, usage of allergy medication, and the availability of allergists who are board certified.

The AAFA's 2016 list starts out with the worst city ranking at number 1, with the best city ranking at 100. Daytona Beach, Florida was rated the best city for people with spring allergies out of 100 U.S. cities.

Listed from 91 - 100, here are the 10 easiest cities to live in for people with springtime allergies:

1) Daytona Beach, Florida

2) Denver, Colorado

3) Provo, Utah

4) San Diego, California

5) Palm Bay, Florida

6) Colorado Springs, Colorado

7) Boise, Idaho

8) Raleigh, North Carolina

9) Portland, Oregon

10) Sarasota, Florida

Knowing this is interesting, and if you live in one of these cities, this could make you pretty happy. But only a small minority of people with allergies are lucky enough to live in one of these locations. And even the best cities are not free of pollen.

Being well-informed about pollen, lifestyle changes, and medications for symptoms can make life easier, too.

1) What Are Spring Seasonal Allergy Symptoms?

If spring brings tears to your eyes — or makes you sneeze, causes your nose to run, and makes your eyes itch — chances are you've got seasonal allergies.

If your symptoms worsen as pollen counts rise, while foliage and trees are in bloom, and recede when the season passes, you very likely are suffering from seasonal allergies

2) What Is a Pollen Count?

Weather reports provide pollen counts for allergy sufferers.

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