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Buffalo's place among allergy sufferers - GUSTO

The season of runny noses, watery eyes and thunderous sneezes is in full bloom -- pardon the horrible pun -- and much of America is forced to cope with the downside of warm weather's arrival.

How is Buffalo affected for 2014?

According to a study completed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America at its website, Buffalo fell just outside the top 25 of the Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies.

Using pollen score, number of allergy medications per patient and number of allergists per patient as determining factors, the study placed Buffalo as the 26th-worst place to live for allergy sufferers, down from 15th-worst in 2013.

The Queen City sat above average in pollen score and allergy medications per patient, yet only ranked average in allergists per patient. Since I'm unfamiliar with the term "allergist" despite suffering from seasonal allergies for over two decades, I guess this isn't too shocking, but (fortunately) no one has made me an allergy authority.

Louisville, Ky., Memphis, Tenn. and Baton Rouge, La., ranked as the top three worst cities for spring sufferers, respectively, while neighbors Syracuse (No. 27) and Rochester (No. 68) both placed (un)comfortably in the top 100.

Of the 100 metropolises included, Colorado Springs, Colo., Dayton Beach, Fla. and Denver, Colo. were the best places to live for those genetically inclined to dash to the tissue box March through June.



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