The Worst Spring Allergy City Is...

(WebMD) Lexington, Ky., tops the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's 2008 list of "spring allergy capitals."

Greensboro, N.C., takes second place, followed by Johnson City, Tenn., Augusta, Ga., and Jackson, Miss. in fifth place.

The annual list is based on four factors: allergy prevalence, seasonal pollen, allergy medication use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergy specialists per patient. Rankings can change quite a bit from year to year. For instance, Lexington leads this year's rankings but was in the No. 52 spot on the 2007 list.

Here is the complete list of 2008 spring allergy capitals:

Lexington, Ky.

Greensboro, N.C.

Johnson City, Tenn.

Augusta, Ga.

Jackson, Miss.

Knoxville, Tenn.

Birmingham, Ala.

New Orleans

Little Rock, Ark.

San Diego

Oklahoma City

Mobile, Ala.

South Bend, Ind.

Omaha, Neb.

Stockton, Calif.

McAllen, Texas

Greenville, S.C.

Nashville, Tenn.

Tulsa, Okla.

Harrisburg, Pa.

Louisville, Ky.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Charlotte, N.C.

Tampa, Fla.


St. Louis

Scranton, Pa.

Lansing, Mich.

Madison, Wis.

Rochester, N.Y.

Daytona Beach, Fla.


Milwaukee, Wis.

Norfolk, Va.

Pensacola, Fla.

Charleston, S.C.

Cleveland, Ohio



Lakeland, Fla.


Sacramento, Calif.

Columbia, S.C.

Kansas City, Mo.

New York

San Antonio

Allentown, Pa.

Wichita, Kan.

Albuquerque, N.M.

Baton Rouge, La.

Washington, D.C.

Providence, R.I.

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Austin, Texas

Canton, Ohio


Kalamazoo, Mich.

Chattanooga, Tenn.



Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hartford, Conn.


Dayton, Ohio

Tucson, Ariz.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Des Moines, Iowa

Syracuse, N.Y.

Salt Lake City

Minneapolis-St. Paul


Columbus, Ohio


Boise City, Idaho

Albany, N.Y.

El Paso, Texas

Richmond, Va.

Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.

Las Vegas

Jacksonville, Fla.

Melbourne, Fla.



Toledo, Ohio

Modesto, Calif.

Los Angeles

Springfield, Mass.

Youngstown, Ohio

Colorado Springs, Colo.


Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.

Fresno, Calif.

Portland, Ore.

Fort Myers, Fla.

Orlando, Fla.

Lancaster, Pa.

Sarasota, Fla.

Bakersfield, Calif.

San Francisco

Spokane, Wash.

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