ALLERGY FOUNDATION RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT OF 100 “MOST CHALLENGING” U.S. CITIES FOR FALL ALLERGY SUFFERERS October 25, 2010Posted by asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program in Health and Fitness, Health Education.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 21, 2010) – Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announced its 2010 Fall Allergy Capitals™ rankings with Dayton, Ohio, topping the list. The annual report, which identifies the 100 “most challenging” U.S. cities to live in with fall allergies, is based on a scientific analysis of three factors including pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient and number of board certified allergists per patient.
The Allergy Capitals ranking is part of the Foundation’s multi-year and multi-season campaign to help patients and consumers recognize, prevent and safely treat allergy symptoms. Ranked sixth overall last year, Dayton jumped to the number one spot on this year’s list. The Top 10 Fall Allergy Capitals this year include:
1. Dayton, OH
2. Wichita, KS
3. Louisville, KY
4. Knoxville, TN
5. Jackson, MS
6. McAllen, TX
7. Madison, WI
8. Springfield, MA
9. St. Louis, MO
10. Oklahoma City, OK
Other major metro areas that ranked in the top 100 were New York (17), Washington, DC (56), Chicago (66) and Los Angeles (75).
“Currently there are 40 million Americans adults and children who suffer from nasal allergies and that number continues to grow every year,” said Mike Tringale, Vice President of External Affairs at AAFA. “No matter what city you live in, there are easy and effective steps you can take to help manage your symptoms and reduce exposure to allergens – indoors and outdoors – all year long.”
“Every fall season I see a large increase in the number of patients that are complaining of allergy-related symptoms – sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and congestion,” said Dr. Rohit Katial from National Jewish Health in Denver. “The good news is there are a lot of options to treat sinus and allergy symptoms. One treatment I recommend to almost all of my patients is sinus wash because it provides a natural, easy and effective option to not only treat, but prevent and soothe nasal irritation.”
A national patient survey by AAFA revealed that nearly half of nasal allergy patients named nasal congestion as their “most bothersome” symptom. So if you suffer from allergies, AAFA recommends following tips:
- Relieve your symptoms: Many health plans ask patients to look in the pharmacy first for allergy relief, so talk to your pharmacist about over-the-counter options such as nasal rinsing/irrigation, antihistamines and other options. If symptoms become more frequent or severe, talk to a Board Certified Allergist.
- Prevent pollen from getting indoors: You can reduce the number of outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold from entering the home by keeping windows and doors closed and setting the air conditioner on re-circulate.
- Vacuum once or twice weekly: Vacuuming helps keep allergens to a minimum. If you have allergies, wear a dust mask while doing housework and, when you use cleaning sprays leave the house for several hours after cleaning to air it out.
- Use air handling devices: Using a HEPA air filter in rooms can help remove allergen particles from the air. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help reduce humidity.
This year’s Fall Allergy Capitals report is made possible by a charitable grant from Water Pik, Inc., which has designed an all-natural approach to prevent and soothe nasal irritation. Waterpik® SinuSense™ products include the Squeeze Bottle, Neti Pot, Neti Bottle and the Water Pulsator that are comfortable, approachable and easy-to-use every day. The new family of products is designed for everyone – from the allergy sufferer with mild-to-moderate symptoms to others who need more care for severe allergy symptoms. Water Pik’s SinuSense™ line offers modern design options that are ergonomically designed to enhance comfort with a SoftSeal™ Nozzle and performance with a One-Touch FlowControl™.
For a complete list of the 2010 Fall Allergy Capitals and for more information on ways to alleviate allergy symptoms, visit www.AllergyCapitals.com. For more information about the Waterpik® SinuSense™ line of products, visit www.waterpiksinusense.com.
About the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies in the U.S., and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world. AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research. AAFA provides practical information, community based services and support to people through a network of regional chapters, support groups and other local partners around the United States. For more information, visit www.aafa.org.
About Water Pik, Inc.
Water Pik is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative personal healthcare products sold under the Waterpik® brand name. The Company has developed and introduced many products that are considered the first of their kind and have led to the formation of new markets, including the water flosser (also known as the dental water jet), power flosser and pulsating shower massage. With the number one recommended water flosser, Waterpik® is one of the most trusted oral health brands of dental professionals throughout the world. The Company’s products are sold through a variety of channels, including mass-merchandisers, drug store chains and specialty retailers. Headquartered in Fort Collins, CO, the Company operates facilities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the Water Pik, Inc. Web site at www.waterpik.com.