Grand Rapids among worst cities for allergies

1:39 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
Grand Rapids is among the top 20 worst cities for allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-The allergy outlook in Grand Rapids is getting worse.

A new report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranks Grand Rapids as the 17th worst city in the nation for allergies. That's up from 35th place last year. The foundation blames the slide on Grand Rapids' pollen score, which is worse than the average 300 grains per cubic meter. The number of medicated patients and board certified allergists in Grand Rapids are in line with the national average.

Here are the top five worst cities for Americans with allergies:

#1: Jackson, Mississippi
#2: Knoxville, Tennesee
#3: Chattanooga, Tennessee
#4: McAllen, Texas
#5: Louisville, Kentucky

Detroit was the only other Michigan city listed in the report; it ranked 26th.

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