Pat Shingleton: "Ah-Choo and Where!"
I always thought a perfect named for an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist would be Dr. Paul N. Count...OK, moving right along, experts have designated the three worst cities for allergies and allergy related symptoms. The determination of these locations was determined on the amount of pollen recorded over comparative seasons, the residential treatment for allergy sufferers and access to physicians in treating these problems. I remember pollen impacting my eyes and nasal passages in Western Pennsylvania, as a kid, with itchy, puffy eyes and constant sneezing. The symptoms didn't appear until early June. Another problem I incurred and still do are hives related to exercise within a closed environment. I'm not sure how to explain it but outside exercise doesn't create these symptoms, it's only within an area of limited circulation. In high school my eyes would "puff-up" and close as classmates noted that it looked like I was in a fight. (A true "fight" did occur occasionsally.) I have found success in daily sprays of saline in the nostrils, Flonase and a vitamin regime. Back to the three worst cities for pollen. The number one location for the worst incidences is Jackson, Mississippi followed by Memphis, Tennessee and Syracuse locking into the 20th spot. Syracuse? A warmer winter and less snowfall elevated their pollen as well.
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