Spring Allergy Capitals

Every spring, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America releases its “Spring Allergy Capitals” list, citing the most challenging cities for allergy sufferers to live in. Here’s the “top 5” list from the 2016 rankings:


  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • McAllen, Texas

These top allergy-inducing destinations were rated based on:

  1. Amount of pollen
  2. Allergy-medication usage
  3. The number of board certified allergists present in the city

Click here to see the full report (and see how your home city ranks).

Of course, while some cities are worse than others, most parts of the country are rife with pollens that can stir up allergies. Even Southwest cities (once thought to be less-allergenic than others because of their dry, hot climate), now have many highly allergenic non-native plants (planted by newcomers to the city wanting the same flora and fauna they enjoyed back home).

If you’re tired of suffering your way through spring instead of enjoying its beauties, there is hope! Allergy medications can help take the edge off of symptoms. For longer-lasting allergies or allergies that are particularly severe, allergy immunotherapy may be in order. AllergyEasy offers sublingual immunotherapy which is a no-shots alternative to allergy shots (using oral allergy drops). Contact AllergyEasy at 1-877-276-3393 today.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.