Low Allergy Cities

A hundred years ago or so, doctors used to send people with health issues to the shore to heal them. Perhaps they sent those with allergies and the fresh sea air helped clear them while they were away from whatever made them feel bad. Maybe they sent those with asthma to breath in the clean air from the coast to feel open and refreshed. Would doctors today send someone to your hometown? Or would they send them away from it?

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducts Allergy Capitals, a research project to determine the 100 most challenging places to live in for those who have allergies in the spring and fall season. The results are based on 3 factors for 100 cities: (1) pollen scores of airborne grass, tree, and weed pollen, as well as mold spores; (2) number of allergy medications used per patient; and (3) number of allergy specialists per patient. The data is recorded, measured, and compared versus the results from the previous year, and the cities are ranked accordingly.

In AAFA’s 2019 Spring Allergy Capitals,

The top 10 most challenging places to live with spring allergies this year are:

  1. McAllen, Texas
  2. Jackson, Mississippi
  3. Providence, Rhode Island
  4. Memphis, Tennessee
  5. Springfield, Massachusetts
  6. Louisville, Kentucky
  7. New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. Scranton, Pennsylvania
  9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  10. Richmond, Virginia.

As for the 2019 fall season,

The five most challenging places to live with fall allergies this year are:

  1. McAllen, Texas
  2. Louisville, Kentucky
  3. Jackson, Mississippi
  4. San Antonio, Texas
  5. Dayton, Ohio.

With this knowledge, allergy sufferers who live in an Allergy Capital should preempt their allergic symptoms as soon as the allergy season kicks in.

The rankings change every year depending on the results from the data gathered. Pollen counts can increase and decrease in different cities depending on where the wind blows, or how humid the weather can be. Some cities will be more problematic than others during one season, and may not be as problematic in the next season.

In AAFA’s 2019 Fall Allergy Capitals, there are around 17 cities that scored better than average, or in other words, these cities have the lowest pollen counts, patient allergy medications, and average allergy specialists per patient. These 17 cities can be called the best places to live in for allergy sufferers in the current year’s fall season. Canton, Ohio tops the list followed by Spokane, WA, Portland, OR, Springfield, MO, Scranton, PA, Modesto, CA, Seattle, WA, Pensacola, FL, Colorado Springs, CO, Fresno, CA, Daytona Beach, FL, South Bend, IN, Melbourne, FL, Fort Myers, FL, Des Moines, IA, Youngstown, OH, and Toledo, OH.

However, this does not mean that these 17 cities will remain to be allergy free, because the results might be different in the Allergy Capitals study in the following year. For one, Daytona Beach, Florida, which is now among the top best cities, was ranked as the 4th most challenging place to live in the 2005 Allergy Capitals study. South Bend, Indiana was ranked as the 5th worst place to live in, as well as Melbourne, Florida, which used to be ranked as the 10th worst place, also in 2005.

In general, a certain place is not ideal for someone with seasonal allergies if the weather in the area tends to get warm, humid, and dry come spring or fall. Pollens can easily be transported by the wind from miles away, thus increasing the pollen count in that area, and because of the hot weather, mold spores can also be widespread.

If you are an allergy sufferer, and you live or travel to one of the Allergy Capitals, there is still a way to alleviate your allergy symptoms. See your doctor regularly about your condition so that both of you can work out the best treatment for your allergies.

Better option still though is farm living, as study done in Sweden shows an agricultural upbringing has anti allergy effects. Just a few years of farm living can have lifetime results in reducing allergy risks.

According to an article on reuters.com, Dr. Jonas Eriksson of the University of Gothenburg and colleagues found that people who spent the first five years of their lives on a farm were about 20 percent less likely to have itchy, runny eyes and noses due to allergies, from age 16 up through to age 75.

Later in the article, it is stated that only farms with livestock are the ones where the difference was seen. The exact cause for how contact with farm animals could reduce allergy risk is unclear, but Eriksson noted that drinking unpasteurized milk and exposure to certain types of bacteria are two mechanisms that have been proposed.

This goes hand in hand with the hygiene theory of allergies, meaning that parents today keep their children too clean, with constant hand washing, antibacterial wipes and not letting them just get dirty outside.

On the other side of the coin, it is not completely clear how urban living may be worse on allergies, but as Eriksson also noted, the high levels of diesel exhaust particles could have an effect. As any of us know who live in cities, pollution is horrible. The air is horrible. For those with asthma, it even means more. But when the news tells you to limit time outdoors and to not exercise outside because of poor air quality, you know it’s bad.

I wonder too, if farmers have more access to fresh fruits and vegetables and clean eating. Urban dwellers may eat more processed and fast food, and miss out on plenty of vitamins needed to stay healthy. These are  just my thoughts, I don’t know if any studies have been done on this, but I just have to wonder. I’ve always thought that the fresher the food one eats, the more chance of staying healthy, including allergies. I do know that things like vitamin c and antioxidants and quercetin help fight allergies. Farmers just have more access.


  1. We recently moved to Springfield, Missouri from Georgia and my son has been having the absolute worse problem with allergies ever!

  2. Agreed. I’ve lived in Missouri my whole life and I’ve always had issues with allergies. Every April and every October I get a sinus infection and cough for the entire month. We must have some nasty allergens here. Good luck with your son!

  3. I live in Hampton Roads, Virginia and I have a terrible time with allergies in the Oct-Nov and May-June time. It appears to be leaf mold related. I’m thinking maybe Yuma AZ is the place for me.

  4. Missouri has got to be one of the worst places to be when you have allergies. I have them really bad. Every Fall and Spring is horrible for me.

  5. I live in San Antonio Tx and have been suffering from sinus infections quite frequently this year. It’s only March, I’m just afraid what the rest of the year is going to bring.

  6. @Tom:

    We recently moved to Mathews County, Virginia (about half-way between VA Beach and Richmond) and have to leave again because my husband and son are suffering so much.

  7. We’re in Savannah, GA. This is the worst I have been with allergies and asthma since childhood. Is there anyplace to live with low pollen counts that isn’t terribly cold?

  8. I have lived in Omaha NE for the last 10 years. This is where my allergies developed. Two Allergiests informed me (after I moved here) that a great number of people develop allergies after moving here. They need to put that in the brochure! Every spring and fall I suffer terribly. I like visiting North and South Dakota and Colorado. I obtain moderate to extreme relief in those states.

  9. I moved to Sacramento, CA…the city of trees. When I wake up in the morning and blow my nose…i can see trace of dry blood.


  11. We’re native Californians but moved to NC with my husband’s job 3 years ago. I’ve been told that I’m allergic to all grasses, several trees, dust, mold, etc. My allergies felt better in NC, buy I still experieced some symptoms. But now that we’ve been back in CA (Central Valley) for 3 years, my allergies have been much worse, and each year they develop new symptoms, such as shortness of breath, and tightness and pain/aches in my chest, in addition to sinus problems and earaches. Does anyone live in an area where not many people suffer with allergies? My husband suggested the desert!!!

  12. We lived in Amarillo, Tx for the past 24 years and I had no allergies. In 2006 we retired here in Southeastern Ky and this year (2011), I got sick in Feb. and still having problems at the end of May. Don’t move here. I’m also looking for a better place to live. Arizona?

  13. Living in Austin TX this year has been challenging for people with allergies. It may be the worst year I have experienced. I want to know what locations people have visited to get relief from allergies.

  14. I moved to Lakeland Florida about 25 years ago. My allergies were bad up North, but I didn’t have allergy issue here until I got dogs who bring stuff in the house.

  15. There are alternative therapies. We went to a chiropractic allergy specialist in Rocklin Riffey Chiropractic. They test your allergies there by “stregth” instead of needles and blood. Then they use a combo of chiro and pressure points to adjust your body. IT WORKED! Some insurances help cover cost. My husband had bronchitis about 3-4 times a year for two years straight. He tried allergy shots and meds, got fed up. We found the Riffey’s and he hasn’t had those problems since. An occasional adjustment is needed but nothing like the first time. I highly reccomend!

  16. As soon as you walk out, turn on exhaust fan, Your in contact with mold spores. I’m near austin and sufforing. I grew up in Orlando with no problems.
    So why now. I say Cooling Tower they spew microbials for miles, That may explain why one Year is high and the next low. May be when they clean and stir it up. Once a co-worker I experienced the same symtoms after cleaning A 1-2 year old cooling-tower.
    OMG thought ize gonna die. was told by a water treatment guy it could of been a form of Legionairs. Just a theory, of course damming the river, pools, a/c condensate could add to it. Bob’s 2cents

  17. Cities plant their own allergies, and often homeowners do the same thing. They plant highly allergenic male trees and shrubs next to houses & allergies are the result.
    Long ago Arizona was the place to go to get away from pollen, but no longer. They planted all the same kind of high pollen landscape plants there and now AZ cities are as bad, or worse, than the rest.
    Demand that your own city stop planting male trees & shrubs and that they start planting allergy-free, pollen-free trees! Some places are starting to do this now. It is our only chance for life without constant allergies. Research allergy-free gardening for tips.

  18. Pollen & high humidity keeps me house bound at least from March thru August.
    I’m ready to make a change & move out of Arkansas, maybe to a high elevation?
    I have cats but they pose no problems.
    They’re my family & it nees to be safe. Anyone have any ideas. I’m approaching Senior Citizenhood. Thanks!

  19. Although most web sites say don’t move if you have bad allergies, I disagree. I found that the best way to deal with them was to move! I had allergies 9 months out of every year in Austin, TX, I had NO allergies in Salt Lake City for 7 years straight. So, yes, if you can, move to a less allergen-producing, lower pollen count place. There are various lists, usually for fall ro spring, but haven’t found one for year round. My worst allergy is in winter (cedar or a type of juniper–so prevalent in Austin, it goes by the name, “cedar fever”and sufferers are legion). Generally, drier climates with aridity (fewer plants) seem better. Or really cold climates with short growing seasons. All I can say is, it was like having a new set of lungs to live in Salt Lake. So what am I doing back in Texas?! (Not planning to stay, is what!)

  20. Bob in Austin, yes, Legionaires is related to warm/damp environments. There was something on NPR just recently about how a water fountain in a hospital was causing problems like this. But mold spores (the invisible sort we have here in Austin that reside in the air and rise from the damp earth) are a normal aspect of humid air and not of themselves harmful, except to those of us allergic to them! I don’t know about you, but I plan to move – permanently this time. 😉

  21. i, too, suffer from allergies although the tests say they are “mild” allergies. and the list seems to keep growing over the years. i live in dallas, texas. never had allergies in upstate new york. my main reason for writing, however, is that people who are searching for better places to live should also consider air pollution. large (and some smaller) cities, depending upon the major contributing local industries, traffic, etc., are covered in smog, which, along with other allergens, can really multiply the misery of sinus and upper respiratory systems.

  22. I live in Oklahoma and for the people who suffer from allergies in spring in fall I feel ya. Unfortunately mine don’t stop. Because the winds change directions here so much my allergies bother me literally all year long.

  23. Springfield, Missouri as one of the best places for allergy sufferers? This must be a joke. I lived there for six years during my college years and suffered terribly. That’s when I finally broke down and started allergy shots. Their facts and figures must be very inaccurate, as both Arkansas and Missouri are bad for allergy sufferers.

  24. Fort Myers, FL???? They must be kidding, I’m 42 years old and have lived here since I was 8 and the allegies are TERRIBLE!!! Most people I know who live down here suffer from severe allergies. Definably don’t more here to escape from alleges. Not to mention we have two season here … HOT and HOTTER THAN HELL. 😉

  25. I live in st. Louis, mO
    I had the worst allergies EVER! I have hay fever. I want to move. I am annoyed! I never like it. You should not get it, ok. I don’t like this allergic rhinitis

  26. Did not a problem till I was moved to Fort Campbell, KY. Taking local honey has helped out greatley. Not the clear amber you buy in the grocery store. but the dark honey from local bee hives. check your farmer markets and keep eye out for local honey signs.
    A couple tablespoons a day will help you out. It is good on toast or PBJ sandwich if you don’t like it plain.
    Good luck.

  27. Local honey is not always a good idea. I have a severe pollen allergy and was told to try eating local honey. It put my body into an allergic shock. Worst experience of my life 🙁 I live in KC, this place is absolutely awful for allergy sufferers. I’m miserable from march or April through the first frost. I didn’t have trouble when I lived in Phoenix. I’m seriously considering moving back.

  28. I am in Elpaso Texas, and it is horrible out here.it’s very dusty and hot in here so don’t even think of moving to Elpaso Texas.

  29. Born & raised in Fresno,Ca. Never really had problems until the last few years. It’s SO DANG HOT here, I thing Allergies even DIE from that SIZZLIN’ HEAT!!! But,
    lately I have a dry, stuffed, runny, nose with a headache. Others that never had trouble are now also. Not Fun in Fresno!

  30. I moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2004, from Davenport, Ia; my pulmonologist warned me not too, I didnt listen BUT WISHED I HAD!!! I suffer all year round, the allergy meds dont work(tried all sorts/combos). My asthma well on all my meds like I was in Ia, just minus cold winters. I actually live east valley of Phoenix, but it does not matter. Tuscon is bad, so is Yuma….Flagstaff might be you best bet, all people react differently, but I have been trying to move since 2006, Im still out here due to being rearended(crazy driving0 lol. My allergist sd allergy shots + medications for awhile, maybe just shots eventually. He sd if you want to know about a place to move, find out when the season has the worst allergies & spend a week there. I do know of many people that have moved to CO, & there allergies are a lot better. They get more sunshine in Denver a yr then AZ. Also, there are many scorpions here, so if you allergic to bees/fire ants etc, you dont want to move here…scorpions galore. I would move to the SF, CA area, but its too expensive.

  31. I hated snow because it is so cold, love winters in AZ….but I personally am willing to try a snow state again if I feel better. I do know that desert climates are so so, some don’t experience anything until few years out….I was like that w/my asthma. I like being out doors, but with my allergies in AZ I typically stay indoors….no fun….also being near anocean is great if you can afford it

  32. I was in phoenix wasnt affected there with my bronchitis nor allergy but moved to sendona it was wonderful . Then moved to El Paso Texas got sick the first week I was there due to Mexico which is near by has no air pollution laws . Moved to Kentucky used a Amish drink called Vim And Vigor it all natural didnt get any problems it not only helped me with bronchitis but also with my blood pressure went down and choslestrol I live in Reed Kentucky out in farm land. Love it here . But do have to use air allergy filters in air conditioner and air purifier in house just in case. Try to look up that drink Vim and Vigor by the Amish it did work on me. Also use antitoxidants, green teas, vitimin c for immune system.

  33. Use air purifiers in the house and up ammune system. Also if you live with a smoker it hard not to get bronchitis. I had to move to a trailer outside the house to avoid the smoke smell. I thinking of Rudiduso New Mexico it didnt affect me there and it has snow and fresh pine air . Stay away from El Paso Texas it completely pollution in air and people throw trash in streets and roads there , very dirty town.

  34. Lived in Tucson for 20 years, suffered horribly! Lived in Southern Ca for 6 with no allergies at all, Portland Or for two years and allergies were the worst ever! Totally depends on the person, but I agree you can move to escape them!

  35. I lived in Portland, OR and I would put it the “worst allergy cities”. 3 out of 4 people I know suffer terribly from allergies here. It’s so green, something is blooming year ’round. Steer clear of PDX if you suffer from allergies, for sure.

  36. I’ve suffered from mold and pollen allergies all my life here in Chicago area. I moved to Portland, Oregon, and have been allery free for 5 years. I have lots more energy and no fall sinus infections…..GREAT!!!!

  37. South Florida is the best place to live if you do not want to be bothered with allergies. I lived there for 18 years. Grew up in Oklahoma and suffered my entire time living there. Moved to Southern California – no allergy problems. Moved to ATL after living in South Florida and pollen is so bad there it looks like snow in the spring time (Marc/April/May) horrible and is a problem year round because next you have grass, then mold, then trees, etc. something all year. All types of trees which GA is proud of. They are serious about their trees in GA. Tulsa and OKC one of the worst places for allergies on the planet. When travelling years ago in Colorado Springs area, it was pretty bad for allergies as well. Don’t know about now.

  38. Now living in Kennewick, WA. Horrible allergies all year from chemicals and pesticides sprayed on orchards, vineyards and hay and wheat fields. Cottonwoods and Russian Olive, Locust trees. Have to move and don’t know where after reading all these notes.

  39. I have horrible allergies and asthma. I seems to be getting worse every year. I nees a state that is over 2,000 feet altitude(dust mites can not live at that altitude) and low humitidy. Any one from Spokane, Washington or Denver to tell me how their asthma is.

  40. I am on the highest dose of steroids oral and inhaler, singulair, advair, zyrtec and benadryl. I dust proofed my home. Encased mattresses , keep windows closed and have an air cleaner. I cant deal with it anymore. I miss about 2 weeks of work at a time a few times a year and still feel bad when I work.Ive even been praying that the Lord heals me or guides me on where to move.

  41. I have no problem with anything but grasses. These worst-places lists are not detailed enough. Does anyone have problems with grass allergies in Florida or just trees and shrubs?

  42. I have been in Austin Texas since 12.07. I have been a pretty bad sufferer my entire life except when I lived on the gulf in Florida and decades ago in Phoenix prior to the building boom that brought the wrong type of vegetation by poor builders. In Austin (city I love) I cannot explain the annual daily suffering despite the best meds and a 2.5 year shot regiment that failed, and yes, I religiously got my shots. Even my wife who never had a sniffle due to allergies ever is suffering in Austin. My question for the forum is WHERE TO GO? Yes I am aware everyone reacts differently to different allergens and there are infinite variables from vegetation, diet, lifestyle, home proofing, pets and on and on. Other than a novice opinion, does anybody have any current scientific researched resources to point toward regarding a US geographic area that is “generally” allergy friendly with documented lower mold, pollen, tree allergens in a micro environment? It truly appears that online there is poor information in regards to geographic allergy friendly cities, suburbs or towns-any help is most welcome-THANKS.

  43. I just read where a doctor said that people with allergies are often just PRONE to becoming allergic to things in general and that if you move, you may eventually develop an allergy to something in THAT area/state as well. I am thinking it might take several years however…so it may not matter where you move…travel and find a place where your allergies are relieved. Move there and pray you get at least 10 good allergy-free years! I live in Ohio and hope to move to the Carolinas where my allergies and asthma were non-existent during a recent week-long visit. As soon as I crossed the state line back into Ohio I reached for a kleenex! Psychological? Maybe. But 3 months later I am STILL blowing my nose!!!

  44. After many miserable years in NJ and pa of respiratory problems I moved to FL only to suffer more from environmental allergies. So I am moving again after 5 non productive years due to year round sickness. This time to southern California (sd). Wish me luck!

  45. I have lived in San Antonio, Austin, New Braunfels, and Kerrville, Texas. All rathre close together cities. All have terrible Cedar and Mold pollen and I suffer greatly. However, Galveston, Tx., on the coast seems to have low Mold count and Cedar Count. Is that usually the same as it appears to be now.? I mean even if it is 50% better than the other cities I would prefer to live there. What do you think?

  46. After investigating as much as possible for a novice in the matter of allergies, I found Galveston, Texas perhaps the best place in Texas in terms of low or no pollen problems from Cedar and Mold! Mold as you know has to have a real dry climate in order for the spores to move up into the air and bring us problems. Cedar is so far from Galveston we only get some in the air from winds from the West part of Texas which blows in occasionally but isn’t a real problem. Living here is great and the so much to see and do plus the Gulf, so having freedom from allergies here makes it all worth it!

  47. I’ve lived in Austin, TX for 16 years. My allergies weren’t too bad until last year. I am suffering horribly. Watery, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing and an itchy rash on my face I can’t get rid of. My Allergist has put me on all kinds of things and nothing helps. I’m seriously considering moving. I can’t live like this any more. I see that you live in Galveston, Lamar. I grew up in Houston. I’ve always liked Galveston. That may be the place for me.

  48. if you have mold allergies, the Seattle is ruff on allergies. If you are prone to allergies, you will probably quickly develop mold allergies in the PacificNW. There is a time of high cedar pollen, and some coastal grasses and some idiot thought it would be a brilliant idea to line some highways wi scotch broom, which has spread most roadways & fields. Traffic contributes (hav u ever read about deisal and carbon dioxide and allergie counts?) Then the mountains can hold it in. Not allergic to it? You may be soon.
    Austin, TX suks. many many types of trees which cause problems, especially high counts of cedar and live oak. <Jan and April, resp.. Then they have the other usuals, like Ragweed and mold. AWFUL.

    Yes, El Paso SUKS too. SUKS BIG TIME. One after another rolling duststorm. So all the pollen for hundreds of miles goes way up in the atmosphere, and you can't see property thats usually visible from a half mile away. It used to happen mostly in March, but that has changed. the polution from juarez adds to it, Mucho, and the mountains cause weather inversions, holding all on top of the cities. You can taste dust storms inside the house. just keep cleaning, cuz it just keeps pouring in. Gross thick dirt. They call for dust storm weather alerts, but its dust and pollens all the way up to Dirt sized particles of sand, and it coats everything,

  49. I have lived in San Antonio growing up, was bad. I moved to Houston for awhile(1977-82) and allergies were not that bad at all. Moved back to SA for a couple years, Bad. Then moved north of Austin in 1984 and actually got asthma which I did not ever have before, never been worse! Now I want to move to Bastrop, allready bought some land but it went up in flames. Might be good since a lot of stuff is gone out there now(bushes, weeds, trees, etc.) Before it burned I would go camping out there and my allergies were not that bad at all. As for the Post before this, I was going thru El Paso one time and hit one of those dust storms on I10 and got so sick I could hardly eat diner in Las Cruces

  50. Thx, all for your comments. Washington, DC is notorious for allergies. My 5 yr. old has them bad Spring & Fall. Summer is his only reprieve; it triggers asthma. I developed pollen allergies a few yrs after moving here. Still seeking solutions. Docs that practice complementary medicine can do drops (same idea as allergy shots). Also consider your diet. A book called Gut & Psychology syndrome was eye opening – the connection b/w the digestive system & the immune system is huge. The typical American diet doesn’t lend well to allergies. Good luck, everyone!

  51. I should clarify above that my son’s asthma is often triggered by allergies. Summer is his only good season in the Wash-DC area.

  52. Oklahoma is where it’s at! For the worst allergies ever. I’m so beyond any sneezing, drainage, watering eyes. My allergies have gone to war on my body. If I go outside and it’s the slightest bit windy from the south, I get sick. I feel as though I have the flu. Body aches, fatigued, nasal passages on fire, fluid in ears, minor throat irritation. Texas is to the South of us, so whatever is blowing in from that direction, is kicking my ass. I am on allergy shots. They are not working like I thought they should. Guess I’ll be moving back to New Mexico.

  53. Dear friends. I am originally from Baghdad, Iraq a city with mild winter and hot summer, no humid, no pollen nothing. We only have orange, palm and rose trees at my dad house’s big garden. I’ve never heard of allergy and sinusitis unil I migrated to the USA in 2007 at age of 33 and settled down first in Fayetteville NC. I was first diagnosed with sinusitis in 2010 when I moved from Fay. NC to Orlando FL. When the doctor told me that I got shocked. I told him: I do not have sinusitis. I am very healthy, strong man!! He laughed alot. And he asked me about my origins and he got it at once and told me: Man you got it here because you moved from a allergy-free country to Orlando, a hotbed of mold, pollen, dust, dandar… etc (all allergy triggers)!!! Welcome tp Orlando!!! The City Beautiful. I have everythings here, my houses, friends and business. I took vacation to Dubai, U.A.E in August 2013, and all sinusitis symptoms (stuffy nose, runny eyes, itching throat, bronchitis… etc) were gone!!! Dubai is a desert, no oak, pine, cedar and (WINDBREAKS) trees!! All you see is skyline towers and roads. The last time I used my allergy nasal spray was on Qatari Airways flight from JFK Airport NY to Dubai Airport!! After spending a month in Dubai, I then found out that the so-called (windbreak) trees, beside oak, pine, cedar and all pollen caused trees besides molds are the most terrible reasons of allergy. I believe the best place here in the US continent for allergy sufferers is San Diego, CA or any city which has no allergy caused trees near the beach. Unfortunately I can not move to Dubai or San Diego because we all have business, work and commitments. Forgive me for my bad language or any grammatical mistakes in this long message because I am not a native American. Wishing you all good health and happiness.

  54. Something is wrong with this data. Pensacola, FL is one of the WORST places to be with asthma! Horrifically humid, terrible pollen, un-Godly hot summers, and it’s only gotten worse since 2006. For the first time ever, I’ve had to go on a continuous regiment of inhaled steroids and had to use prednisone three times in 5 months last year. Even my freaking dogs have allergies here. Two of them have to get allergy shots!

  55. Live in Austin Tx and I have gotten progressively very sick all allergy/lung connected. I am wondering about Padre Island. Has anyone lived there and do you know about the allegies concerning that city?

  56. I lived all my live in Mexico with flowers and gardens everywhere and l came 8 years to tampa and San Antonio and you cant go out of your house to enjoy your garden. I am moving back to Mexico l want to breath and sleep and enjoy outdoors. Don’t know the diference of the plants but they even smell diferent in Mexico

  57. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and it has to be one of the worst places for allergy sufferers. Most people I know combat allergy-induced sinus congestion, headaches, etc. I work with people from other states, and many say they didn’t have any allergic troubles until they moved to Missouri. This is definitely not a place to move if you want to be free from allergies.

  58. It depends on what KIND of allergies you have. There are different allergens for every allergic person. What doesn’t faze one person will make another person very sick. I live in S. California high desert, and I’ve had about the same allergies as further south in California. Pine trees, tumbleweeds, mold, olive trees,pigweed, bermuda grass, and a lot of other things I can’t even remember showed up in my bloodwork. My son moved from here to Dallas, TX, and his allergies have greatly increased. Remember, its WHAT you’re allergic to that is the factor. That’s why there are so many conflicting posts here. People are all individuals, and allergies (which are a sign of an overactive immune system) will be different from person to person.

  59. Lee. Asthma,Allergies. Texas air quality SUCKS! Thanks to the Politicians inAustinTx.,and all the Chemical Plants and Oil Refinerys along the coast. They have ruined our Planet air! Just think Nuclear Power Plants,Japan, Russia,pollution,dirty air.The food you eat the drugs you take,the water you drink,and the air you breath. Read the BIBLE it’s all in there.Under stand,The Truth Will Set You FREE!

  60. Move to the beach area of Delaware from Texas. No issues in Florida or Texas, in Delaware all 4 of us are having issues with 2 of us on inhalers plus i get monthly allergy shots and biweekly asthma shots. We move here to help aging family, considering moving away. 56k in medical cost 2014

  61. I live in Brick, NJ. I suffer all winter with allergies, then in the spring and fall again. My son suffers to. I am thinking of moving to Florida. I lived there once before, in Sarasota for few years and my allergies bothered me for a month and that was it. I am in NJ now and I have been using local raw honey and flonase and it seems to help, but just sick and tired of it. I love the shore, but Need to find a better place to live than here.

  62. My husband and I went to Orlando for the month of January this year on our honeymoon. We thought it would be a good idea to get out of the cold Branson, MO area. Well, it was cold in Orlando most of the time, and he and I both battled allergies until we came back. It was worst at Downtown Disney and Epcot I think due to the higher humidity created by the lakes there. I was glad to get back here! Not sure what plants and trees caused the problems. I did not have the itchy eyes like I do during Red Cedar pollinating time, soon to come up here in the Ozarks. There was a lot of sneezing, nose blowing and coughing though. I didn’t know my sinuses could be so consistent in producing so much! I am now bracing for the Cedar season which looks like it is starting tomorrow according to the allergy forecast. I am taking a natural anti-allergy product which helps a lot. I plan to get a jump on it this year! Glad we saw as much of Disneyworld and Orlando as we could because I am not interested in going back there again!

  63. My doctor told me that we make the problems worse by bringing things into the area. Like Arizona used to be the best place but people have brought all their own favorite plants and flowers and now it’s just as bad. I have bad mold allergies–please tell me where mold isn’t bad.

  64. Atlanta is among the worst cities for its tree/grass/weed pollen. This week, after some heavy rain, everything bloomed. Wednesday’s pollen count reached 6152. Pine trees were shedding yellow dust balls and the sky was filled with it.

    I have suffered from this for over 20 years after I moved here from Asia. Before I did not even know about spring allergy. As soon as I walk out, just 2 minutes walk across a parking lot, even with a mask and sunglasses, my nose will burn and run like tap water for the rest of the day or more, total exhaustion after blowing my nose for 100 times. I have done everything allergists told me, including all types of prescriptions, nasal steroid spray, allergy shots, local honey, netti pot,yoga, removed carpet and curtains, nothing helps.

    I have researched a lot and truly believe that the ROOT CAUSE is WHAT WE PLANT. Pollen allergy is a modern disease in developed countries, US, Japan and Europe… It’s what we plant, male trees, lawn pesticide…

  65. I moved from Portland, Oregon a few years ago. I had terrible allergies there. I now live in SW Florida (near the water) and found that (for the most part) my symptoms have been greatly reduced. Nothing compared to Portland and I am able to not take any meds. There are some allergies here but it seems the closer to the water you are…the better. Occasionally we get some North winds blowing down here where the allergies increase but again, symptoms are nothing like Portland.

  66. I have lived in Austin for 23 years and San Antonio for a couple before that. It has gotten to the point I can barely breathe or function in Austin and that is after 5 years of allergy shots. Whenever I leave I am fine and then it kicks back in whenever I return – doesn’t matter the season; they are ALL bad. As others have asked, where is a good place for those with mold allergies? I’m thinking Colorado…

  67. I live in Detroit MI and have been here for 15 plus years now and from late May until early July it is just miserable being here I cant breath I get repeated sinus infections nose bleeds its just HORRIBLE….I’m moving to the Desert

  68. Born and raised in Northern Kentucky/Ohio area. Suffered with allergies all my life. Moved to Hernando County Florida and wasn’t sick for years. Went back up for a 6 week visit May-June and bam my allergies kicked in full force. It started clearing up as soon as I got back home. I used to think I was just stuck with having them and had to deal with it. Now, I have yet another awesome benefit of moving! *Note to self-don’t visit during early summer.

  69. If you move from one place to another you can develop allergies because you have not lived there and have not over time built up a natural immunity to the allergens that exist in the new area.The allergy season is presently extended most likely due to climate change.

  70. I have lived in Roanoke Va.for 15 years. allergies are horrible especially in spring and fall. The pollen in the spring is yellow and thick covers everything. The pollen stays longer due to Roanoke being in a valley. People who have never had allergies will get it.Too bad it’s beautiful here! I stay sick with sinus infections.

  71. I have had allergies all my life. When I was young, I would get asthma and have had it a couple times as an adult. When I was in grade school (I’m in my 50’s now), I posted the worst levels for ragweed and goldenrod. Growing up with shots and antihistamines that knock you out was no fun, nor was waking up and not being able to open my eyes because they were glued shut. What I wanted to say is that the allergy website that say you cannot outgrow allergies is not true. I moved out of town in to the midst of the ragweed and goldenrod in 1991. Although I can see the plumes of pollen coming off the weeds, and I still feel the affects of hay fever, they are much less bad. I don’t even start taking allergy medicine until late August now. The bottom line is this. My allergies have been a lot less bad since I moved into the middle of the fields with ragweed and goldenrod. Perhaps it’s like local honey. What do you think allergy shots are…? Building immunity. Maybe that’s a misnomer. Who the hell cares, we are not doctors, we are patients. You DO build an immunity or whatever you call it.

  72. First off, you need to know what you are allergic to the most.

    I’m an AZ native and have lived all over the west.

    Phoenix has been horrible for me, personally. In the dry west I seem to be sensitive to particulates blowing around – Vegas, Phoenix, San Inez Valley. A little better in CO and Utah and Bay Area / So Cal. Horrible in CA grasslands and SLO for some reason – maybe the drought is the culprit. Seattle I have almost no problems.

    My allergies are really bad – headaches 9 months a year in Phoenix, really horrible. My family is here so I always seem to end up back here. However, there is a life tax as I never feel better than 85%.

  73. I live in MN. I have horrible allergies in spring and fall. Right now I’m suffering with migraines. I feel horrible. I can’t sleep at night unless I’m sitting up because of the pressure in my head. Doctors can’t do anything more. Don’t move to the Midwest. It’s horrible.

  74. That’s funny Lori. I lived in MN forever it seems. Never sick with allergies of anything. Moved to AZ and have terrible head and eye aches and a constant stuffy noses itch pressure I my head too!!

  75. Lived in Amarillo 30 years with Amarillo routinely being second or third windiest city in US. Pollen and general allergans blow in year round from all directions (much like OK). I have horrendous grass allergies and suffer in mid February to mid April and again in September through October. We vacation frequently in San Diego and I have not experienced severe reactions there; so we are considering a move there upon retirement. Good luck to all of you. Allergies are truly miserable!

  76. I moved from Knoxville TN to Reno NV five years ago at my allergy doc’s suggestion. Since then my allergies have almost disappeared, except for some sniffles in spring when the tree pollen increases.

  77. Raised in Long Island, NY I never had any issues with allergies. Got married 3 years ago and moved to Houston with husband near enerrgy corridor. Its been the worst! Humidity and extreme hot weather PLUS ALLERGIES! The first year around february I got attacked by asthma, wheazing, teary eyes, runny nose, couldnt even sleep at night with out breathing issues. Went to an allergist for the first time in my life and diagnosed with pollen and tree allergies. The doctor gave me prednisone and certizine with an inhaler and dymista nasal spary. Felt like i was 573993 years old lady rather than my young 23 self. Now every year before the allergy season even begins here, i start my meds in advance to never go through that horrible experience again. Prednisone is a steroid that makes me super cranky and sleepy. I started noticing body hair where there never were any pores. Sighhhh CANT WAIT TO MOVE OUT OF THIS ICHY HUMIDY PLACE…

  78. I lived in Fla. I flared up with allergies & asthma, but I’ve been in Va. for nine years 7 it is soooooooooo bad here I can’t stand it .

  79. I lived in the Springfield MA area all my live and have had allergies since childhood,mild asthma as an adult along with mold allergies with some years much better than others. I moved to Eastern NC 7 months ago and have never had so many problems to the point that I always feel sick. Worse place to live at least for me.

  80. I lived in WA and FL and didn’t have allergies, as soon as I moved to Washington, D.C./Virginia – I developed chronic skin allergy (hives). UVB light therapy is the only thing that helps.

  81. I live in Southern Oregon. The air quality here is bad due to the topography. I lived in Eugene for a year but found out that they are the largest growers of rye grass in the world. I am allergic to it apparently. Had to move back home so I could breathe. I am moving to Reno at the end of the month. Not as much grass, fewer oak and birch trees and less mold. Hopefully I will get some relief.

  82. In 2000, I decided to moved to Nebraska from San Diego due to the high cost of living in San Diego. Around 2003, I had developed severe allergies and sinsusiti and had sinus operation with hope to find relief, but having had this operation has not been helpful. If anything, it caused more allergies and sniffy nose everyday. I took every medications in the market for allergies and no relief. As I have developed terrible allergies in Lincoln, NE, I decided to moved to Phoenix AZ in 2011 with advised of my allergist doctor as he told me dry climate maybe helpful and this has given me hope better
    breathing. However, having live in Phoenix for three years, my allergies has not improved. While living there in Phoenix, I resided in the west valley areas in which my wife ended up developed valley fevers and decided to return to Lincoln in 2014 knowing I will suffer again upon arrival back to Nebraska, but I have to do it on behalf of my wife and because we have family here. Every since I moved back in 2014, I have been suffering everyday and wanted to move somewhere that is allergies friendly. Recently, I have heard of Minneapolis, MN, and Des Moines, IA to be allergies friendly city for allergies sufferers. Does anyone about two places to be allergies friendly cities? Or any know of any other places in the Midwest region to have cities that are considered allergies friendly for an allergies sufferer like myself. Any suggestions are welcome.

    Duol Rut

  83. Moved to Utah 11 years ago from So Cal and have been sick with allergies and from the air pollution ever since I arrived. In So Cal I would sneeze and get runny eyes, but in the Salt Lake area I have developed seasonal asthma, horrific sinus infections/headaches, runny eyes and sneezing.
    Mold is high here. Intermountain Allergy & Asthma has a daily pollen count on their website that is very helpful.
    The air quality in the Salt Lake Valley is very bad. I suggest reading about it before deciding to move here.

  84. i moved to Henderson NV in 2001 . i didn’t have any problems with allergies until 2002. I have been on all kinds of medication since then and nothing seems to work. Finally last year my doctor advised me to move to a place with less allergies. I was in Amarillo TX for few months this year and my allergies did not bother me as much. I am considering a move but there is nothing much to do in Amarillo, I am looking into Springfield IL or Galveston TX. Can anyone tell me their experiences about these places or any recommendations.Thank you.


  86. Dallas, TX is awful for pollen allergies. I’ve been on immunization shots for over a year with seemingly no benefit. I still take allergy meds morning and night and still suffer here. I’ve done well at almost any beach so considering a move.
    All the best!

  87. How about New Mexico — I hear Santa Fe has great air quality, ranks high on all lists..thinking of moving there summer of 2017.

  88. My primary allergy issue is pollen. Grew up in wash D.C. and summers and fall:awful. Went to college in Northern Wisconsin — I suffered in the fall only. (Typical ragweed time most everywhere). Moved to Aspen Colorado after school: no problems whatsoever, but remember the elevation there is 7500 feet. Then was transferred to Maui Hawaii: no problems. The gentle movement of sea air onto land is probably why. Then moved to Chicago I’ll: later summer and fall were bad. Got married and moved to northwest Ohio. There was an enormous swamp covering much of it 109 years ago. This was THE WORST PLACE I’ve lived so far. Asthma set in my first day there. By the way, we had catastrophic flooding in 2007 and I think the mold also became an issue. Not only do I sneeze and have constant post-nasal drip, but I could barely see my eyes watered up so much without relief. (And I was getting allergy shots too!). Ok so now I live in Raleigh NC. They have horrid pine pollen in the spring but that is not my trigger. The ragweed season is actually longer here than Ohio’s was, but it feels milder to me. I did get shots down here too though. It’s important to get tested by an allergist. You need to know your primary triggers! Good luck everyone!

  89. I grew up in southern WI and had childhood allergies that developed into major young adult allergies and sinus issues. Lived in VA and MI each about 2 years which were not good. Did allergy injections in MI, which helped mold allergies a bit. Had many sinus infections. Moved to Tempe, AZ for 6 years in the 90’s and had NO allergies the entire time. Moved back to MN, knowing allergies would return, and they exploded–added food and environmental to long list of seasonal. Thrn, found Allergy Associates in La Crosse, WI and began sublingual immunotherapy (drops under the tongue–just like injections but totally safe and do at home. Totally turned my life around! Taught me all about gut health and how stress makes everything worse. Still have allergies, but are very manageable now and much lessened. Still looking at moving someplace sunny due to SAD–maybe SW Florida. Chin up, with the the right medical help and lifestyle changes (which aren’t easy–like no gluten, dairy, sugar–you can feel great and be healthy!

  90. I am a born and bred southern California girl. Grew up in LA in the early 70’s with the smog alerts and smoggy day schedules. Suffered with allergies and asthma growing up. Finally outgrew, I think, the asthma, but never got rid of the allergies. When I got married, we moved to the central valley of California to a small town called Porterville. My allergies were ok for awhile, but seemed to get worse the longer I lived there. Then, my husband wanted to move out of the state and now I am stuck in San Antonio, Texas. NEVER EVER MOVE HERE IF YOU HAVE ANY ALLERGIES AT ALL! They will get worse! If you don’t have allergies, you will develop them. I am housebound now and can’t go outside without my throat swelling up and feeling like I can’t breathe…especially during “mountain cedar” season. I want out of here so badly, but my husband will not move back to California. So I am in desperate search for an allergy free town in Arizona or Nevada where we can go so my allergies won’t be quite so bad. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated! Thank you and God bless!!

  91. I too suffer from allergies and I live in Bastrop Texas. The doctor recommended that I get 4 shots a week, use an inhaler, nose spray, eye drops, cortisone cream (strongest available) and carry an Epi Pen. My body couldn’t handle the shots. What helps most of all is consulting a concomitant/synergistic foods list to avoid problematic foods when certain pollen counts are high. Example: when ragweed is high, avoid egg, milk, mint, banana and melon. It makes a huge difference. You can find a selection of lists online. God bless, everyone.

  92. I have lived in minnesota (fairly bad spring and fall allergies), new braunfels texas (horrible allergies starting in mid january through march) and south padre island ( no problems unless I encountered mold in a home ). hope that helps someone!

  93. My son is 9 and was born and raised in Greenville, SC. His allergies get worse every year (tested high for trees, grasses, mold, plus food allergies). It has now turned into asthma and he suffers through every season except winter. The only time I see true relief for him is when we head to Myrtle Beach and rent a place right on the ocean. That clears him right up no matter the time of year, but it doesn’t appear affordable to pack up and move to the coast due to high insurance rates and taxes. My heart goes out to everyone with severe allergies – hoping we can all find permanent relief.

  94. Live in Madison WI which is beautiful. But I’m on 3 inhalers for asthma, high doses of antihistamines. Allergies to mold, birch trees, grass pollen, ragweed, leaf mold, keeps me in much of the warm part of the year. The rest of the time it’s hard to go for walks because of ice. I want a place I can go outside on a regular basis! Does anyone know about San Diego and problems with Santa Anna Winds there? Any suggestions? Also – any suggestions for masks? My 3M N95 seems to bother my sinuses.

  95. Susan – living in WI, I too went to Allergy Associates of LaCrosse and was not able to tolerate even the lowest amount of their sublingual desensitization drops. It set off generalized itching that lasted for too long. Had to stop. 🙁

  96. Gave up on changing locations. There are books for building small allergy free homes. Usually, basement homes. Use no paints or dyes. No plywood or glued lumber. Use only cotton area rugs that can be washed. Seal the basement floor with bees wax. Use only electrical heating and cooling (Central with He-pa Filters). As few horizontal surfaces as possible (cabinets with doors for everything and that go all the way to the ceiling). Your yard should be large with only pebble gravel after grass is eliminated. No pesticides, no fertilizers, and change filter frequently. If possible drill your own well and filter the water before it gets in house. Keep pets out doors. Only open windows to clear out old air in Winter or on cold days after Fall has passed. Stay inside as much as possible during your seasonal allergies. This will help tremendously. Research this idea.

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