Knoxville named U.S. allergy capital for third straight year

Knoxville named U.S. allergy capital for third straight year


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville continued its reign this year as the worst city in the U.S. for spring allergies.

The rankings were released Tuesday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

"They're in a pollen belt," said Dr. Cliff Bassett with Allergy & Asthma Care of New York. "There are certain regions that are in the pollen belt because of the geography, climate, and topography. And of course, there's a lot of pollen producing plants in that area."

Allergists say East Tennessee has a unique topography that holds pollen in the city. The number of deep valleys and inversions act as a cap to keep the pollen contained in Knoxville.

The top five cities are:

  1. Knoxville, TN
  2. McAllen, TX
  3. Louisville, KY
  4. Jackson, MS
  5. Wichita, KS

This is the third straight year Knoxville has topped the list.

The annual report, which identifies the 100 most challenging U.S. cities to live in with spring allergies, is based on scientific analysis of factors including pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient and number of board certified allergists per patient.

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