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Texas City Tops Fall Allergy List

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McAllen, Texas is the most challenging U.S. city for people with fall allergies, according to rankings announced Friday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The other cities in the top five of the 100 cities included in the 2009 rankings are: Wichita, Kan., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, Okla. and Jackson, Miss.

"Whether a city is ranked number 100 on the Allergy Capitals list or number 1, it's essential for allergy sufferers to take the appropriate steps to manage their allergies," Mike Tringale, director of external affairs at AAFA, said in a news release. "Allergy sufferers should know what allergens trigger their symptoms and how to manage them."

Many Americans know that spring is a difficult time for allergy sufferers, but fewer people are aware that fall brings new allergy triggers that aren't present in the spring, such as ragweed, according to the AAFA.

More than 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

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