It's something every Oklahoman knows, but now it's official. Oklahoma is one of the worst states in the country for fall allergies according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
The organization just released their list of the most difficult places to live for people who suffer from fall allergies. Two Oklahoma cities are named in the top 10.
Oklahoma City came in as the fifth worst city for fall allergies while Tulsa ranked number 10. Study authors gave Oklahoma City worse than average rankings for number of pollen and mold spores and per capita use of allergy medications.
The study also noted that Tulsa had a higher than average pollen and mold spore count.
The news came as no surprise to Dr. Scott Cordray, an Oklahoma ear, nose and throat doctor.
"Allergy season in Oklahoma runs from January to December. There are different triggers in October and November than there are in April or May, but make no mistake, people suffer year-round," explained Cordray. "Over 50 million Americans have allergies which, at their mildest, are inconvenient and annoying. For many sufferers, allergies result in serious lifestyle changes, days off school and work, and complicating illnesses. Allergies can dramatically and negatively impact a person's quality of life."
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