There is no place safe from allergies in America, and some cities are more problematic than others. The Allergy Capitals is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to identify “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” in the spring and fall seasons each year. The rankings are based on scientific analysis of three factors for the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S.
Allergies and the accompanying symptoms of sneezing, coughing, stuffy nose and watery eyes create misery in the lives of those afflicted. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that an estimated 10 percent of the American population is allergic to animals. That statistic does not preclude the allergy sufferer from enjoying the companionship of man’s best friend. Simply select from the hypoallergenic dogs known to cause the least allergies.
Spring always brings a rash of sneezing, sniffling and stuffy noses. But can seasonal allergies be psychologically harmful?
A wave of emerging research suggests that may be the case. While there’s no firm evidence that allergies cause depression, large studies show that allergy sufferers do seem to be at higher risk of depression.