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Dayton ranks in the top 10 worst places in the country for allergies

Dayton ranks in the top 10 worst places in the country for allergies (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Did you know Dayton is one of the worst places to live if you have allergies?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation ranked the Gem City as number seven in the country, which an allergist told FOX 45's Rhonda Moore isn't unusual.

She said it has to do with the climate and having four distinct seasons. An allergy patient who has been getting shots for her allergies for the past 5 years knows the drill all too well.

"It's different grasses, different tree pollen, different times of the year," allergy patient Kathy Kreitzer said.

"I get a monthly type of shot and bi-weekly another type of shot," she continued. "I have seasonable allergies and severe asthma. Without the shots I'd be very miserable. They work very well, I don't feel any symptoms"

Many allergy sufferers are having those symptoms as they come to see doctors at the Allergy and Asthma Center of Dayton.

"Last weekend and the weekend before, we had a couple of nice warm days," Allergist Doctor Terri Moncrief said. "We noticed the phone calls started to come in."

Moncrief said right now the tree pollen count is high. It'll go down in June, but then the grass pollen count will rise.

"It's just one season to the next. They really don't get relief until winter," Moncrief said.

The doctor said different seasons make it hard for the pollen counts to drop, but it does go down when it rains.

"Rain makes them feel better but the rain brings the mold," she said, "so the mold counts usually rise the day after the rain."

However, if you're suffering as the pollen count goes, up, there are some things you can do to ease your burden.

Dr. Moncrief suggested allergy sufferers stay in the house between noon and 3 p.m., and to keep home and car windows shut and shower when you come inside. She added that over the counter drugs, nasal steroids sprays and prescription medication work all work. So do allergy shots.

"Which works beautifully to build up the body's tolerance to the allergies," Moncrief said.

Kreitzer wouldn't be without her shots.

"I'm perfectly healthy. With her help and the shots, I feel wonderful," she said.

Doctor Moncrief said the bad thing about this area is that the wind blows the pollen around, but it's difficult for the pollen to make it's way out of the valley.

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