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The 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals: How Does Your City Rank?

On May 1, 2018, we released our  Asthma Capitalsβ„’ 2018 report. Read our current report for the latest list of Asthma Capitals.

Did you know that fall allergies can be just as bad as spring allergies? Our 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals TM report identifies the most challenging places to live with fall allergies among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. This report is your guide to help prevent and manage allergy symptoms if you live in one of these cities.

Here is our top five national list of the most challenging cities: 

  1. Jackson, Mississippi
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. McAllen, Texas
  4. Louisville, Kentucky
  5. Syracuse, New York

Jackson, Mississippi, is the top Fall Allergy Capital because it has: 

  • Higher than average pollen
  • Higher than average medicine use 

Find out if your city is on our list: 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals

Nasal allergies affect more than 50 million Americans, and the resulting doctor visits, allergy medicines, and other factors contribute to more than $18 billion in health costs.1

In the absence of a cure, here are ways you can manage your seasonal allergies: 

  • Get an Accurate Diagnosis: consult your doctor or allergist to identify your allergies
  • Control: reduce your exposure to your allergy triggers
  • Watch: keep track of your symptoms to share with your doctor or allergist
  • Keep Up with Treatment: follow your treatment plan outlined by your doctor or allergist
  • Be Diligent: with check-ups, prescription refills and taking medicine on time

AAFA’s 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals report was supported in part by (QuintilesIMS). To see the full report, and top cities by region, visit


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