Regular readers know how we like to brag about our little city on the Ohio River; we have told you about how Louisville was named one of America's top travel destinations, with the most affordable vacations, and the best retirement real estate values. These virtues more than compensate for the fact that we have been called the fifth worse-dressed city in the country.
But yesterday, Derby City received the dubious distinction of being the fifth worst city in America for spring allergies. According to the on-line medical site, webmd.com, Louisville is in the middle of the country's top-ten locations for allergy-causing pollen.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) says some cities have a higher sneeze factor than others, and ranks 100 U.S. cities by pollen load, allergy medicine use, and allergy doctors. And our own River City is on their top ten worst "spring allergy capitals" for 2013.
"This port city on the Ohio River -- home of the Louisville Slugger and the Kentucky Derby -- often ranks among the top allergy capitals. Louisville is in the bluegrass region of the state, but grasses are just one source of pollen. Trees put out their pollen in late winter and spring, while grasses do so in late spring and summer," according to webmd.com.
The Ten Worst Places For Allergies:
No. 1: Jackson, Miss.
No. 2: Knoxville, Tenn.
No. 3: Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 4: McAllen, Texas
No. 5: Louisville, Ky.
No. 6: Wichita, Kan.
No. 7: Dayton, Ohio
No. 8: Memphis, Tenn.
No. 9: Oklahoma City, Okla.
No. 10: Baton Rouge, La.