The Louisville Cardinals take on the Wichita State Shockers this weekend for a shot at the NCAA tournament championship game. Ironically, their respective cities are also neck and neck in the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America’s annual top 100 allergy capitals. Louisville ranks #5 (with a score of 91.13) in the 2013 spring allergy capital ranking and Wichita, Kansas ranks #6 (with a score of 90.40). Topping the list this year is Jackson, MS, and rounding out the top 5 are Knoxville, TN; Chattanooga, TN; and McAllen, TX. The rankings have three factors contributing to each city’s score: higher pollen counts for the previous spring season; increased medicine use and poor access to board-certified specialists all contribute to a higher score. As a graduate of the University of Louisville (and UK and Vanderbilt, for those of you who aren’t UofL fans), I’m hoping our basketball team will also come out ahead. The top 100 metropolitan areas are ranked. Click on the link to find out where your city ranks.
Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community.