Bridgeport named among worst cities for allergies


Do you greet each autumn morning with a sneeze, a sniffle and some watery eyes? Part of it might be the city you live in.
Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford are three of the 100 worst places in the country for fall allergies, according to a new report from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The 2013 Fall Allergy Capitals report ranks the most challenging places in the country to live with fall allergies, based on cities’ pollen levels, use of over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications and number of board certified-allergists. Hartford ranked as the nation’s 53rd sneeziest city, New Haven was 62nd and Bridgeport was 66th.

The worst city in the country for the allergy-prone? Wichita, Kan., due to high pollen counts and a large use of allergy medications by seasonal sneezers.

Though fall hasn’t officially started yet, experts are already predicting an awful allergy season, with ragweed expected to be particularly robust and fall storms and tornadoes are expected to disperse allergens and outdoor mold. Allergic reasons to pollen and outdoor mold are often confused with a cold or the flu particularly in the fall this misdiagnosis can prevent patients from getting the correct treatment and lead to other medical problems. About 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

Amanda Cuda