Allergies suck and can be challenging to deal with no matter where you live. To make matters even more complicated, seasonal allergies are also different for everyone. I grew up in the Midwest and maybe my body was built to deal with that type of climate the best because I never deal with them there.

El Paso? My body provides no shield. It is not an even fight. I lose every time.

Check out this article from Nico about the REAL reason allergies are so bad in El Paso, and check out the full list below to see where Texas ranks on the national allergy stage.

Number 1? Wichita, Kansas... the number one Allergy Capital in the country according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. They grow a lot of sunflowers, have fewer board-certified allergists and immunologists, and tree and grass pollen levels are worse than average.

This year's seasonal report from AAFA focused mainly on self-care regarding allergy remedies, pollen, and climate change in regard to allergic reactions. They studied data from the 100 most-populated U.S. Metropolitan areas. Check it out!

The Top 10 U.S. “Allergy Capitals” of 2023

  1. Wichita, Kansas
  2. Dallas, Texas
  3. Scranton, Pennsylvania
  4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  5. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  6. Sarasota, Florida
  7. Cape Coral, Florida
  8. Orlando, Florida
  9. Des Moines, Iowa
  10. Greenville, South Carolina

Texas comes in with Dallas at number 2, but Dallas is the only city in the state of Texas to make the list. For people with pollen allergies, symptoms will be at their worst when trees are blooming.

Below are peak blooming/allergy seasons for trees common in and around Texas:
  • September, February-March: Fall Elm.
  • Winter months: Mountain Cedar.
  • Spring months: Ash, Mulberry, Sycamore, Willow.
  • March – April: Oak.
  • April: Pecan.

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