September 3, 2008

Carolinas Tough on Allergy Sufferers

An allergy educational group has named Greensboro, N.C., as the most challenging place to live for people with seasonal allergies.

Greenville, S.C., Little Rock, Ark., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Jackson, Miss., rounded out the top five on the list compiled by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The group said fall brings new allergy triggers that are not prevalent in the spring, such as ragweed.

"During the fall when outdoor allergy triggers peak, people may continue to suffer from indoor allergies caused by common allergy triggers like pet dander and dust mites," the report said. "In addition, ragweed and pollen can travel indoors through open windows and doors."

Greensboro, N.C., ranked No. 1 this year because of a higher-than-average pollen score, higher use of allergy medications per person and lower-than-average access to allergy specialists, compared to other cities on the list.