Research project says 3 Tenn. cities among top 10 for allergies

Research project says 3 Tenn. cities among top 10 for allergies (Image 1)
Research project says 3 Tenn. cities among top 10 for allergies (Image 1)

According to a recent report done by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), three of Tennessee's cities are in the top ten ‘Allergy Capitals' of the country.

Allergy Capitals is an annual research project done by AAFA in an effort to highlight the top 100 cities where it is hard to live with allergies.

AAFA reports that the three primary factors are pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient and number of allergy specialists per patient.

Knoxville's ranks second overall with worse than average scores in pollen and the number of allergy medications used per patient. They are above average in the number of allergy specialists per patient.

Last year Knoxville was ranked first in the county.

Chattanooga ranks third overall due to the same factors, worse than average scores in pollen and the number of allergy medications used per patient. They are also above average in the number of allergy specialists per patient.

Chattanooga has risen in the list of Allergy Capitals, sitting at seventh place last year.

Memphis ranks eighth overall with worse than average scores in pollen and the number of allergy medications used per patient, and average scores in the number of allergy specialists per patient.

Memphis's ranking was the same last year.

The report said that all three states are threatened by the same pollinating trees that make allergies worse: red cedar, hackberry, elm, willow and poplar.

Nashville made the list ranked at 36 out of 100 with more than average numbers of allergy medications used per patient.

For the other two factors, though, Nashville ranked as above average.

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