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AAFA releases list of 2012 fall allergy capitals

Wichita, Kansas, is one of the worst cities for allergies.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently released its list of the worst cities in America for fall allergies. Though allergy sufferers across the United States are noticing a particularly bad season, symptoms are likely worse in these communities.

The foundation compiled its list based on three criteria. First, the organization analyzed the pollen count for given metropolitan areas, and they based the other criteria on the data for allergy medication sales and the number of allergists working in the area. The researchers used this data to come up with a numerical score for every area from one to 100, with higher scores indicating more allergies in an area.

The top three allergy capitals were Louisville, Kentucky, Wichita, Kansas and Knoxville, Tennessee. To see where your city ranks on the allergy list, visit the AAFA website.

Though the report did acknowledge that this year's allergy season seems to be worse than ever, "Everyone seems to be feeling allergies these days and fall is the most common allergy season after spring," said Dr. Beth Corn, who works with the AAFA. "No matter if it’s men, women or children, in the city, suburbs or the country, allergies don’t discriminate."

But if you do live in one of the fall allergy capitals, moving to an area with a lower pollen count isn't your only option for relief from your seasonal symptoms. Make use of a cabin air filter in your car, which will clean pollen from outside air that flows into your car, and can reduce your allergies. There are also several other allergy products that may help you to get some welcome relief.

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