October 12th, 2011 12:23 EST
Top 10 Cities with the Worst Fall Allergies
Fall allergies are hitting more people in our area a lot sooner this year - thanks to climate changes and soggy souvenirs from recent hurricanes and flooding. Global warming and soggy soil from the summer`s hurricanes and flooding are speeding up the growth of ragweed and mold, the leading fall allergy triggers. Allergists are prematurely jammed with stuffy, teary eyed patients desperate for immediate relief. That`s why urgent care centers like Doctors Express, are seeing a huge early rise in fall allergy patients.
Allergists are jammed and people can`t get in right away for treatment so they`re coming to urgent cares to get immediate relief, " says Dr. Scott Burger, co-founder of Doctors Express, the first nationally franchised urgent care with a center in our area. By treating allergy patients, our urgent care is filling a desperate need in our health care system, especially this fall with allergies hitting more people than ever before. "
Why So Many Achoos! " So Soon
- Ragweed " Ecologists with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture believe global warming and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels is supercharging the growth of ragweed, the leading fall allergy trigger.
- " Ragweed thrives around rivers and lakes, making areas flooded by this year`s heavy rains and hurricanes ideal for these plants to grow rapidly. Standing water from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and flooding in the Northeast have increased mold. Gusty winds from the hurricane spread those mold spores into the air. Rain Rain Go Away
- Late Frost " As the weather stays warmer longer into the fall, there`s no frost to kill the ragweed, so allergy symptoms which normally end around September, are expected to go through November.
Because allergies are hitting so soon and are affecting people who have never had them before, patients come to us thinking they have a cold, strep, bronchitis, or sinusitis when it`s actually allergies, " says Dr. Burger. These miserable allergy symptoms don`t hit conveniently from 9 " 5pm on weekdays. Our urgent care centers are open full days, seven days a week when your primary docs or allergists aren`t even open. "
We will help you tell this story with:
- -Local allergy sufferers who are in misery longer than usual this year
-A local physician who can talk about allergy treatment and the early rush of allergy patients
- -Doctors Express is seeing this year.
About Doctors Express:
Doctors Express was founded in Baltimore in 2005 by an emergency room physician and two business executives in Towson, Maryland, seeking a more efficient, affordable and personable system for urgent care patients. Doctors Express walk-in medical centers are sweeping across the country as America`s first nationally branded urgent care centers. Doctors Express provides state-of-the-art, non-emergency treatment for acute illness, trauma and sports injuries (including minor surgical procedures) and has on-site laboratory and digital x-ray service. Pre-employment physicals, drug screening and treatment of work related injuries are also available to local employers. Visit Doctors(E)xpress.com.
Make Yourself Comfortable (source: Mayo Clinic):
Allergies are among the most common, but often overlooked, of diseases in the nation. Other than medication, there are ways you can make yourself more comfortable this allergy season.
If you`ve been outside, take a shower before going to bed and change into fresh clothing so you don`t bring the pollen that may have clung to your skin, hair or clothes onto your sheets. Also, wash your sheets often.
Avoid outdoor activity early in the morning when pollen levels are at their highest.
The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and use a portable HEPA filter in your bedroom.
Top 10 Cities with the Worst Fall Allergies:
Knoxville is ranked the worst city in America to live if you suffer from fall (and spring) allergies! Did your city make the 2011 list (source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)?
Oklahoma City, OK
St. Louis, MS