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Tucson worst in the West for allergies

Posted at 4:29 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 13:13:05-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The wind is up, and so is the pollen that cranks up allergies for so many people.
 
In fact the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America says Tucson is the worst city in the West for allergies. That's based on pollen counts, number of people using allergy meds and the number of certified allergists.
 
You can see the full list of cities here.
 
Jackson, Mississippi is worst city for allergies overall. 
     
Daytona Beach Florida is at the bottom of the list, at number one hundred.
 
Advice for the allergic? 
 
 
Limit your outdoor activities when pollen counts are high. This will lessen the amount of pollen allergen you inhale and reduce your symptoms.  
 
Keep windows closed during pollen season and use central air conditioning with a HEPA filter attachment. This applies to your home and to any vehicle (car, bus, train, etc.).
 
Start taking allergy medicine before pollen season begins. Most allergy medicines work best when taken this way. This allows the medicine to prevent your body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause your symptoms.
 
Bathe and shampoo your hair daily before going to bed. This will remove pollen from your hair and skin and keep it off your bedding.
 
Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.  
 
Wear sunglasses and a hat. This will help keep pollen out of your eyes and off your hair.
 
Limit close contact with pets that spend a lot of time outdoors.
 
Change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities.
 
Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer, not on an outdoor line.