Wichita, Kansas Tops 2024 Allergy Capitals List – High Pollen Levels and Limited Specialist Access

Wichita, Kansas Tops 2024 Allergy Capitals List – High Pollen Levels and Limited Specialist Access

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently unveiled its 2024 Allergy Capitals report, shedding light on the most challenging cities in the United States for individuals grappling with allergies.

With over 80 million Americans experiencing symptoms like itchy eyes and runny noses due to seasonal allergies, this report serves as a crucial resource for understanding allergy prevalence across the nation.

Evaluation Criteria and Findings:

The report evaluated the 100 largest cities in the country, considering factors such as daily pollen counts, usage of over-the-counter medications, and accessibility to allergy specialists.

Topping the list as the worst city for allergies was Wichita, Kansas, primarily due to its elevated levels of tree and grass pollen, coupled with limited access to allergy specialists and higher-than-average medication usage.

Regional Trends and Rankings:

Kansas maintained its dubious distinction for the second consecutive year, with cities in Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma, and the Carolinas also featuring prominently on the list.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, claimed the second spot, citing a concerning pollen count and above-average medication usage, while Greenville, South Carolina, and Dallas, Texas, rounded out the top three.

Insights into Specific Cities:

Cities like Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, faced similar challenges with heightened pollen levels and subpar availability of over-the-counter medications.

Conversely, Richmond, Virginia, boasted a notable presence of allergy specialists despite its elevated pollen count.

Des Moines, Iowa, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, also made the top ten due to average pollen levels but poorer access to allergy specialists or higher-than-average medication use.

Seasonal Factors and Treatment Strategies:

The report underscores the seasonal nature of allergies, with tree pollen typically triggering symptoms in the spring, followed by grass and weed pollen in later months.

Dr. Rachna Shah, an allergist, emphasized the importance of early intervention, recommending over-the-counter nasal sprays and antihistamines to alleviate symptoms.

Immunotherapies, including shots and oral drops, offer long-term relief by desensitizing the immune system to allergens, particularly beneficial for young children and individuals requiring multiple medications.


As allergy season approaches, understanding regional trends and effective treatment strategies becomes paramount for individuals navigating allergy-related challenges.

By leveraging insights from reports like the Allergy Capitals, communities can better address the needs of allergy sufferers and promote healthier living environments.

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