GESUNDHEIT! Ohio cities among the worst for spring allergies

GESUNDHEIT! Ohio cities among the worst for spring allergies

If you didn't know already, Cleveland is the 64th worst city in the nation when it comes to spring allergies.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released its annual Spring Allergy Capitals report based on pollen and medication levels.

Cleveland is not the only Ohio representative on the list: Dayton ranks 8th, Toledo 32nd, Akron 48th, Youngstown 56th, Columbus 60th, and Cincinnati 67th.

If you're looking for allergy relief, do not visit Jackson, MS. The capital city tops the list as being the worst city in the nation for spring allergies.

"The biggest trigger of the spring and fall allergy season is the pollen count," says Jay Shah, MD, an ear, nose, and throat specialist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

The fact that many parts of the country experienced a lot of snowfall means the melted snow will feed grass and trees, causing a lush and pollen-filled spring.

"I think this is going to be a really bad allergy season because of what we've been through this winter," said Dr. Shah.

Dr. Shah suggests treating allergies early and proactively, especially in children, and using non-sedating antihistamines as opposed to treatments like Benadryl that make kids lethargic.

Click here for the complete list of allergy capitals.

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