Good news for spring allergy sufferers


While springtime can be the harbinger of miserable coughing, blowing and/or wheezing from allergies for up to 50 million Americans, this year there is good news for those who suffer from springtime allergies and/or asthma in Chicago. 

This year Chicago is ranked 81st, with an average score of 51.81. That is down from 76th last year as a potential location for experiencing nasal stuffiness and drippy noses and eyes, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). 

Chicago is to have an average pollen score (300 grains/cubic meter air daily) and a better than average use of medication (0.98 medications per est. patient). 

By comparison, Jackson, MS, has an average score of 100 and Memphis, TN, has an average of 94.74, making them the worst and next to worst locations in the country for this spring. 

Relief recommended
"Many different types of seasonal nasal allergy treatments are available, including prescription medications and new combination therapies, mono-therapies, short- and long-term treatments that may help relieve symptoms," explains Dr. Purvi Parikh, a board-certified adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist and Clinical Instructor of Medicine and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. "Because spring is the time when most people with allergies experience their worst seasonal allergy symptoms, it's important that allergy sufferers seek advice from a health care professional before the season hits full force. 

"Many people suffer miserably in the spring with seasonal nasal allergies, which can impact one's ability to sleep and be productive in school or on the job," added Dr. Parikh. "It's important to see a health care professional early, before the season hits full force, so you're armed with the tools and medicines that provide the most effective symptom relief for you and your family." 

AAFA cites their government sources as National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Allergic Rhinitis Information (2016) U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Census 2000, 2014 Updates U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Air Resources Laboratory (ARL), Air Stagnation Climatology for the U.S. (2015) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Status and Trends, Latest Findings on National Air Quality (2015). Their non-government sources were Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, "Asthma and Allergy Answers" (2015) American Board of Medical Specialties, Specialist Database (2016). And their industry sources were IMS/SDI Database (2015) and IMS Medication Database (2015).



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