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2020 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Seasonal Rankings by City for Spring and Fall

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) 2020 Allergy Capitals™ report is now available. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live in with seasonal allergies. AAFA combines data from both spring and fall to create a ranking of the top 100 cities based on: Pollen counts Allergy medicine use Number of board-certified allergists available The report also includes a breakdown of seasonal rankings of the top cities for both spring...
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7 Things You Should Know About Oral Allergy Syndrome

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Did you know pollen might be responsible for your food allergy? If your mouth or throat itch when you eat certain fruit or vegetables, you could have oral allergy syndrome (OAS). And you would have a pollen allergy to thank for that.
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Tips for Preventing Allergic Reactions to Tree and Grass Pollen

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Trees start producing pollen in the southern U.S. as early as January. Many trees throughout the country keep producing pollen through June. Both tree and grass pollen is very lightweight. Wind can carry it up to 500 miles. It may be hard to avoid tree and grass pollen, but you can reduce your exposure with these tips.
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Melissa G ·
Hi Jennifer, welcome to the AAFA forums!
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Re: 7 Things You Should Know About Oral Allergy Syndrome

Jax ·
New to this blog and I have to say I am relieved to know that all the issues I have been having with food is real. I have always had issues with eating bananas. The past few months I have been having oral reactions to foods. I think it is bell peppers. I am thankful to have found this blog. Thanks.
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Kathy P ·
Welcome Jax! Glad you found us!
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Re: Tips for Preventing Allergic Reactions to Tree and Grass Pollen

Deborah Bartlett ·
I am glad that you posted this information. Thank you. It is very helpful. My neighbors planted 2 aspen trees in the middle of our property boundaries. The trees are now taller than my house. I am concerned about my sensitivity this Spring. I will speak to my immunologist about this. Maybe we can be pro active and prevent some problems! ☺
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BenR ·
The last column isn’t being over lapped by all the boxes . This happens to me when I have mango , pineapple and tomatoes it’s only during certain seasons. I’m allergic to grass , willow tree, ragweed . I’m also allergic to latex which can have cross reactions as well . Such as with the skin of some Mellon’s and avocado .
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Emelina ·
Thank you for sharing this information. My allergist mentioned OAS but I didn’t quite understand. This article is great. Now I understand why peach salsa makes my mouth feel odd!
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BenR ·
I meant the last column is being overlapped .
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Kathy P ·
Thanks Ben - we changed the formatting so it's no longer a table. Hopeully that issue is fixed.
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BenR ·
It’s better now . I didn’t realize watermelon crosses with grass . I know it does with latex and also ragweed. Also the list make sense since I can’t meet broccoli and cauliflower.
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Re: 7 Things You Should Know About Oral Allergy Syndrome

Esther ·
I’ve had oas to apples, pears, all stone fruit, almonds as well as hazelnuts since my childhood. And it’s gotten progressively worse. I used to be able to eat these foods cooked or baked, now this is not even possible anymore. I got a blood test a few years ago and only hazelnut came back positive. But I know when eating raw apple my throat closes up. I have to carry an epi pen with me now. Any chance it could get better? I still get dreams of eating apples.
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BenR ·
@KathyP I recently had issues cutting potatoes where I got itchy hands and a rash and hives up my hands , neck and chest . Doctor thinks that it’s the oral allergy syndrome strikes again with the grass and ragweed as main culprit . You remember the incident with the tomatoes ? She said there in the same family so it would make Sense . Also I’m seeing a Gastro specialist for some tests and he said when your digestive system is inflamed the more likely you can have these bizarre allergy attacks .
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Shea ·
Tommy, my 8 year old, has both food allergies and OAS to a lot if things that cross-react with his pollen allergies. The difference with his OAS is that some times of year he can eat the foods just fine (like cucumber which cross-reacts with his ragweed allergy) but as soon as ragweed season comes it gets him itchy (especially under his arms). Then only if his ragweed allergy is bothering him or flared he will react to sunflower seed which stinks because he loves sunbutter and jelly...
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Kathy P ·
Hey Ben - that's interesting that raw potatoes are causing a contact reaction on the your hands. And yes, potatoes and tomatoes are both in the nightshade family. Good luck with the gastro appointment and tests. I hope you will check in on the forums to let us know how that goes.
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6 Asthma Triggers to Avoid During the Holidays

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The holidays are a time of cheer for most, but asthma triggers can lurk in the festive atmosphere. Be aware of where asthma triggers can hide and how you can reduce your chances of an asthma flare. Learn what to avoid.
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2021 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Community Services ·
Does a change in season cause you to have a stuffy nose and watery, itchy eyes? Do you find yourself sneezing a lot during the spring and fall? If so, you may live in an Allergy Capital™. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2021 Allergy Capitals™ report . This report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live with seasonal pollen allergies. The report includes both spring and fall data to create a ranking of the top 100...
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Kathy P ·
Spring allergies can be miserable @friendjudy ! I hope you were able to start your spring allergy treatment plan early and that it's helping. Be sure to check out the tips for reducing your exposure on the page with the report - allergycapitals.com This research report looks at more than just pollen scores when ranking the cities.
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Deborah Bartlett ·
Thank you for posting this information. I appreciate it! I live close to number 8. My mother lives in number 10. Now we can start preparing for seasonal allergy issues. 👍
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Re: 2021 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

Compton ·
Welcome @friendjudy to the AAFA community! We hope you'll join in the ongoing allergy discussions in the Allergy Support forum. You can compare notes with fellow Oregonians in How Did Allergies Affect You Today?
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friendjudy ·
Obviously the writer has never spent a spring or fall in Portland, OR. Constant sneezing, runny/watery itchy eyes, runny/stuffy nose, and general tiredness. Every year! Without a stop. When the TREES bloom, When the FLOWERS and the GARDEN bloom, when the late spring early fall GRASSES grow. It can be miserable.
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