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Baton Rouge ranked among top 10 for fall allergies

3 years ago September 28, 2012 Sep 28, 2012 Friday, September 28 2012 Friday, September 28, 2012 5:16:12 PM CDT in Health
Source: WBRZ
By: Adrian Pittman

BATON ROUGE- A new study names Baton Rouge the number 10 worst city in the U. S. for people with fall allergies.

"I'm not surprised it's high, I wouldn't have thought 10," said Baton Rouge resident Melanie Callicott. She and her family both suffer from fall allergies.

"I don't know what it is, but my whole family is very stopped up right now," Callicott said.

Allergists say the warmer temperatures this year and abundance of ragweed are the culprits. Ragweed typically pollinates mid-August, but got a jump start on the process and may linger longer.

"There are tons of ragweed plants producing billions of grains of pollen during the fall season all throughout Baton Rouge," said Dr. Ben Gaudin.

Baton Rouge got the number 10 spot on the list based on three things: pollen count, the amount of allergy meds the average person uses in the area, and the number of board-certified allergists in town.

"Baton Rouge, is always ranked really high on this list because every year we have really high levels and we have a lot of allergy suffers in the Baton Rouge, area," says Dr. Gaudin.

Callicott said she noticed a difference as soon as she moved to Louisiana from Mississippi.

"When I moved here about 15-16 years ago, I ended up having to leave work because of sinus headaches and eventually started getting where I take medicine everyday just to keep cleared up," she said.

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