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#1 Sep 18 2013 at 1:15 PM Rating: Good
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Do you live in an allergenic city?

#1 this year is Wichita, KS.

I grew up in Augusta, GA, ranked number 27 on there based on the amount of allergic prescriptions and use of OTC allergy medicine. I'll tell you why: It's not just the pollen or the number of physicians, it's all the friggin industries in the area. Federal Paperboard and Proctor & Gamble are the worst causes, but the dog food plant was particularly offensive some days.

I often joke that I was allergic to Augusta, and it seems I wasn't kidding. Since I moved away I stopped taking Claritin regularly and only really need to worry about my nose running during allergy season (like ragweed season right now. Bleah.)
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#2 Sep 18 2013 at 1:19 PM Rating: Good
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56/100 so not bad.
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#3 Sep 18 2013 at 1:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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I don't see my name in there anywhere.

Hey number 100/100, awesome.

Fall allergies aren't really a thing here. Late spring is pretty bad, people say things like "even if you don't have allergies when you move here, you'll have them after a couple of years." But things stop growing fairly early in the fall and the rain starts up, clearing the air.
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#58 for Chicago but I'm out in the 'burbs so I don't think that translates well air quality-wise.
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I don't see my name in there anywhere.

Hey number 100/100, awesome.

Fall allergies aren't really a thing here. Late spring is pretty bad, people say things like "even if you don't have allergies when you move here, you'll have them after a couple of years." But things stop growing fairly early in the fall and the rain starts up, clearing the air.
Hipster allergies on the other hand...
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56/100 so not bad.

54/100, halfway to Albany. I've got either allergies or a cold for 9/12 months of the year, and I often can't tell them apart.
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I've got cold symptoms, but that's more from last weekend's flu shot.
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Since my move into the little house in the big woods, i've experience a bit of sinus discomfort whenever we have a non-winterized long dry spell. I assume it's pine pollen. It's pretty manageable with advil and/or submerging myself in water. For whatever reason baths and swimming and such seem to clean out the sinus passages remarkably well.

I read an interesting editorial today written by the mother of a child with lots of allergies. The article asked that schools not ban allergens (peanuts mostly) as the sterile environments didn't provide the exposure young immune systems needed. She also argued that the allergen ban provided false security to sensitive children as they move in and out of a real world which is not so sterile.
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You can also infect yourself with (ringworm?) which will suppress an overactive immune system...
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88/100, up from 96 last year. Wonder what moved us up.
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88/100, up from 96 last year. Wonder what moved us up.

Given the rise in gun deaths recently, I'd assume lead allergies.
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You can also infect yourself with (ringworm?) which will suppress an overactive immune system...
Hook worms, iirc. Ringworm is an annoying fungal infection similar to jock itch and athlete's foot and does nothing other than make you buy a can of Tinactin.
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88/100, up from 96 last year. Wonder what moved us up.

Given the rise in gun deaths recently, I'd assume lead allergies.



I was trying to come up with a *** marriage allergy joke, but you may be closer.
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Friction from all the **** rubbing is casting off ******** allergens.
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I don't see how Daytona Beach ranks so high. I live in an area that is nothing but allergies. Every couple of years we go on Vacation to Daytona and the time I am there I am allergy free.
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I don't see how Daytona Beach ranks so high. I live in an area that is nothing but allergies. Every couple of years we go on Vacation to Daytona and the time I am there I am allergy free.

It all depends on what you're allergic to.
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The study is based on allergy meds sold. So, besides or regardless of actual allergens in an area population density is going to be a big factor as well as access to medical treatment and otc cold medicine.




Edited, Sep 23rd 2013 2:51pm by Elinda
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The study is based on allergy meds sold.
So it's more a chart of methamphetamine manufacturing.
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The study is based on allergy meds sold.
So it's more a chart of methamphetamine manufacturing.

One box of Sudafed per customer per day mister.

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#20 Sep 26 2013 at 8:30 PM Rating: Decent
If ya'll live on the south east coast, don't come to Vancouver Canada because when I moved in the spring my nose was going off the wall. These pine trees will do a number.
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Actually, pine pollen is too large to be the trigger of allergies. It gets everywhere and makes a mess, but it's not the cause of your sniffles. There's probably something else blooming at the same time that isn't as noticeable. Down here, oak pollen is the real culprit.

I guess one upside to growing up in the #27 allergy capital is that most other places are relatively calm for me, in comparison.
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Actually, pine pollen is too large to be the trigger of allergies. It gets everywhere and makes a mess, but it's not the cause of your sniffles. There's probably something else blooming at the same time that isn't as noticeable. Down here, oak pollen is the real culprit.
Wait, there's other stuff there? Smiley: confused

Here I was thinking there was nothing but Christmas trees and black bears up yonder. Smiley: glare
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Pine smells so wonderful, best trees ever.
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Balsam Fir smells specially nice.

There has been some logging going on in my neighborhood. It looks like crap, but the whole area smells really nice after a day of sawing and mangling of pine trees.

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Balsam Fir smells specially nice.

There has been some logging going on in my neighborhood. It looks like crap, but the whole area smells really nice after a day of sawing and mangling of pine trees.



I got to tour the company's sawmill up in Montana and it was the most glorious smell ever. Loud, though. But very cool and very good smelling.
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I like the smell just after a fire is put out. I've had to settle for just the occasional candle, but one day. Oh one glorious day ...
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I like the smell just after a fire is put out. I've had to settle for just the occasional candle, but one day. Oh one glorious day ...
You'll burn down the house?
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I like the smell just after a fire is put out. I've had to settle for just the occasional candle, but one day. Oh one glorious day ...
You'll burn down the house?
Some men just want to watch the world house burn.

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I like the smell just after a fire is put out. I've had to settle for just the occasional candle, but one day. Oh one glorious day ...
You'll burn down the house?
Some men just want to watch the world house burn.
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Go to Africa → Stand in **** → Get Hookworm → Profit

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8268584.stm

I actually heard about this first on Radiolab <3

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91689-parasites/
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Hookworm
Awesome looking monster.

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This is good idea for an MMO....

Fantastic Voyage: Journey Into The Human

PC's can be various types of cells. Monsters are disease, viruses etc.

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Go to Africa → Stand in sh*t → Get Hookworm → Profit

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8268584.stm

I actually heard about this first on Radiolab <3

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91689-parasites/

Yeah, heard that too, posted it a few weeks ago.
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Go to Africa →
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OK, now I'm paranoid. Just to be clear on why I said that: if you listen to the Radiolab Podcast I linked (and you should, Radiolab is awesome), no lab in the US would supply the guy with hookworm eggs. He literally had to save up, go to Africa (Cameroon if I remember) and stand in crap to infect himself. He now makes money processing his on ***** for hookworm eggs and supplying them to allergy sufferers.
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OK, now I'm paranoid.

Traps work better and don't require feeding.



Edited, Oct 9th 2013 3:07pm by Elinda
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Just to be clear on why I said that: if you listen to the Radiolab Podcast I linked (and you should, Radiolab is awesome), no lab in the US would supply the guy with hookworm eggs. He literally had to save up, go to Africa (Cameroon if I remember) and stand in crap to infect himself. He now makes money processing his on ***** for hookworm eggs and supplying them to allergy sufferers.
Well he's already working that market, so there's even less reason for me to want to go to Africa.
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