Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America announces the worse cities for allergies

Bakersfield ranks No. 78

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new report shows there's no place safe from allergies this fall. 

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American has ranked the 100 worst cities for allergies around the country and Bakersfield is not as high as you may think.

"Often, we are noted to be in the worst condition, but it is kind of interesting," said Dr. Claudia Jonah of the Kern County Public Health Department.

The 2013 Fall Allergy Capitals report ranks Bakersfield No. 78 based on the city's pollen levels, use of over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications.

"I guess with our desert dry, sort of environment, some of the common fall allergies are not as severe here as they are in other places," she said.

Los Angeles ranked No. 76, Fresno No. 64, Las Vegas No. 70 and Phoenix No. 72.

"Allergy systems and illness is a result of symptoms and illnesses, as a result of your immune system working overtime and working against you.  That over reaction results with the chronic symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes and maybe sneezing," she said.

Medical experts say if you do suffer from allergies and have plenty of outdoor activities, its recommended doing them in the early or late evening hours.  Also, drink plenty of water.

"It's very important to stay very hydrated.  You can use medication but something simple as proper hydration is very important because it helps you flush out the byproducts and even some of the allegiant out of the system," said Jonah.

Click here to see all the rankings from the Fall Allergy Capitals 2013 report.


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