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Chattanooga ranks number 3 in the annual allergy city list

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(NBC) -- The charm of a southern spring may be lost on those with allergies. A new report ranks southeastern cities as the worst in the U.S. for allergy sufferers.
 
There's something flying through the air in Jackson, Mississippi this time of year that's making lots of people sneeze.
 
This year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation Of America has named Jackson as the most difficult place to live if you have springtime allergies.
 
Angel Waldron, of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America starts this list "Coming in behind Jackson is Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, McAllen, and Louisville."
 
The annual allergy report takes into account the number of board-certified allergists in a city, the number of allergy medications used, and the number of pollen spores in the area.
 
An allergist can help get you the right medicine to cut down on symptoms.
 
Experts suggest staying inside between 10:00a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when pollen counts are highest. Getting the pollen off of you is key. Consider changing clothes and taking shoes off when you go inside the house. If your symptoms are worse at night, it might be because your hair is full of pollen.
 
Waldron says "When you're outside, your hair acts like a mop, and anything breezing by will get trapped in it, so we really advise folks to try to wash your hair before you go to sleep to get that pollen out."
 
The report also suggests people who've historically had mild allergy symptoms are now sneezing like never before.
 
They can blame climate change and rising carbon dioxide levels, which stimulate pollen production.
 
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has a list of recommended household products for allergy sufferers on its website.
 
The top 10 cities in the U.S.:

  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Knoxville, TN
  3. Chattanooga, TN
  4. McAllen, TX
  5. Louisville, KY
  6. Wichita, KS
  7. Dayton, OH
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Oklahoma City, OK
  10. Baton Rouge, LA
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