Rochester NY also voted in the top 10 worst in the country for asthma!! By Albert S. Hartel, M.D.

September 21, 2023 10:16 am Published by

After getting news that Rochester NY was voted as the eighth worst place in the country for spring allergies, Rochester now also has the honor of making the top 10 for worst places for people with asthma!   According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America rankings, Rochester NY was voted the number 10 worst place for asthma nationwide.  Both allergies and asthma go hand in hand.  Allergies are not only a major trigger of asthma, but also a significant cause of underlying lung inflammation which makes asthma more likely to spasm when infections, exercise, cold air, irritants (like smoke from the Canadian wildfires) or more environmental allergens come along!

It is critical for asthma sufferers to determine their allergic triggers and causes of underlying inflammation to improve control and reduce need for long term daily medications, which often are needed lifelong!  Environmental avoidance and reduction measures can reduce exposures, and allergy shots can desensitize someone and turn off allergen reactions, so that the environmental triggers cause much less baseline inflammation, so triggers are less likely to tip someone over and cause symptoms.  Shots also often help reduce long term medication needs as well as improve symptoms, and often even allergy shots can be stopped with continued control after discontinuation.  The allergen and asthma trigger cycle repeats every year, and rather than suffer, hide inside or load up on allergy and asthma drugs, other options can turn down your allergies, decrease medication needs, and help you enjoy the wonderful but brief nice weather and wonderful outdoors upstate NY has to offer!!!


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Allergy Capitals