There’s no part of the United States that’s entirely allergen-free. But there might be places where you suffer less. Here’s a look at the current allergy landscape and the best places to live for allergy sufferers.
KNOW YOUR ALLERGY "TERRAIN"
If you’re severely allergic to weed pollen, you might breathe easier in mountainous and forested areas. In particular, the Pacific Northwest tends to have less ragweed pollen than the rest of the country but has standard amounts of tree and grass pollen.1
At one time, desert areas like parts of Arizona and Nevada, were good for allergy sufferers. But with residential communities on the rise, that’s changing. People who move to these communities bring with them trees, shrubs, and grasses from other parts of the country, which are changing the air quality of deserts.1
BE PREPARED FOR NEW ALLERGENS
If you’re considering relocating to avoid a particularly troublesome allergen, remember: it’s difficult to completely avoid an entire plant family. Proteins in pollen are very similar within plant families and often highly cross-reactive. So even if you move, you can end up developing sensitivity to another allergen within the same family.1
It helps to know if you live in an area that’s especially problematic for allergies. Relocating may offer some relief from allergy symptoms but it won’t get rid of them entirely. Wherever you are the best thing to do come allergy season is check the pollen count, stay inside during peak times, and treat symptoms accordingly.
THE BEST 5 CITIES FOR ALLERGIES IN 2015
Every year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks the most challenging cities to live in for spring allergy sufferers. This year these five cities, scored lowest, which means, out of 100 metropolitan areas, they’re the best cities for those with allergies.2
- San Diego, CA
- Daytona Beach, FL
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Provo, UT
- Sacramento, CA
- IMS Health Incorporated. Frequently Asked Questions About Pollen Forecasting And Sampling for Allergy Alerts. Accessed March 7, 2015. https://www.pollen.com/faq.asp?faq=4
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (2015) Spring Allergy Capitals 2015 Signs. https://www.aafa.org/pdfs/FINAL%20public%20LIST%20Spring_2015%20Updated.pdf