Whether your job requires frequent travel or you’re planning out potential summer vacation destinations, knowing which areas are allergy-friendly and which areas aren’t can help you get prepared.
One in five Americans suffers from allergies accounting for $18 billion dollars in annual costs. This is why it’s important to consider an area’s allergy production and what a given city is doing to manage its allergens.
Allergy causes, Symptoms and solutions
While everybody’s immune and respiratory systems are unique, certain climates are more prone to foster allergens and pollutants that typically bring about airborne allergy symptoms.
These symptoms include:
- Dry, scratchy eyes
- Itchy, runny nose
- Swelling of the nose or eyes
Your allergy symptoms can be triggered by different allergens. Just because you haven’t experienced allergy symptoms, doesn’t mean you won’t if you are traveling to a new area. No matter where you decide to travel to, you can help reduce the impact of airborne allergens by:
- Showering at night – This works to rinse away any buildup pollen that could be irritating your skin in the night.
- Wearing glasses and hats – This will help protect your eyes and head by deflecting airborne pollutants.
- Limiting your outdoor time during peak pollen release periods.
- Placing clothing in the washing machine and changing clothes immediately after outdoor activities.
- Wiping off shoes and pets when entering your home.
- Purchasing a whole-home or portable air purifying mechanism.
- Flushing the inside of your nasal passage with a nose rinse.
Most Comfortable cities
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) puts together an annual list that ranks some of the nation’s major cities in terms of how comfortable they are for allergy sufferers. Factors that make for more comfortable allergy conditions include:
- Cooler weather – freezing temperatures can kill off plant life that produces pollen.
- Strategically planted plant life – clustered plant life can lead to more potent pollen buildup rather than more manageably distributed pollen levels.
- Planting fewer high-allergy plants.
- Biodiversity – plants still purify our air. By diversifying the city’s plant life, the density of each type of pollen is reduced.
- Coastal proximity – ocean breezes can be strong enough to impact air quality.
Many of the best cities for allergies can be found in coastal and mountainous regions of the country.
- Denver, CO
- Provo, UT
- Boise, ID
- Portland, OR
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Ogden, UT
- Seattle, WA
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Raleigh, NC
- Spokane, WA
Allergy symptoms may often be overlooked, but they can have a profound impact on the quality of life of allergy sufferers. If you or your loved ones suffer from allergies, seriously consider the areas where allergy sufferers can breathe a little easier when planning your next vacation or business trip.