If your allergies are acting up, it may feel particularly intense thanks to dramatic swings in temperatures As the weather turns cooler, pollen counts drop. When warm weather returns, so does the pollen Re-exposure to an allergen in the same season can lead to intensified allergic responses since the immune system is primed Here are six strategies from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma to get some relief from seasonal allergies Adjust when you spend time outside Over-the-counter (OTC) Prescription medication Aller

Itchy eyes? Dayton ranks in worst cities in nation for allergy sufferers

Pollen counts are spiking this week in Dayton, which was ranked one of the worst cities in the United States for allergy sufferers.

Pollen counts in Dayton will be high from Wednesday through Sunday, ranking 9.8 and higher. Pollen counts between 9.7 and 12 tend to affect most individuals who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of the season. Symptoms may become more severe during days with high pollen counts, according to Storm Center 7.

It’s not uncommon for allergy sufferers to experience harsh symptoms in the region. Dayton ranked No. 7 for the most challenging places to live with spring allergies in 2018, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The rankings are based on pollen counts, use of allergy medicines and availability of board-certified allergists.

In 2016, Dayton ranked No. 11.

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“This report helps people in these areas be more aware of what may contribute to their allergy symptoms so they can work with their health care providers to get relief. With the right treatment plan, seasonal allergies can be managed for better quality of life,” said Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of AAFA.

Why is spring such a bad time for allergies? Tree pollen is highest in the spring. It can even start as early as January or February in parts of the country. Grass pollen also starts to appear later in the season. Symptoms can include sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Those with allergic asthma might also have asthma flare-ups.

To reduce your exposure to seasonal allergens, use an air conditioner and a dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry; stay indoors, especially in the morning when pollen counts are highest, and on windy days; keep windows closed in your home and car; and shower after spending extended periods of time outdoors.

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