Study says Wichita is the worst city for seasonal allergies in the country
Sandra Estabrook is one of 81 million Americans who dread allergy season.
"I don't like it all, I get watery eyes and sniffily nose all year round."
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America says about 26% of adults, and 19% of children experience seasonal allergies.
That same organization released a study last month, ranking Wichita as the worst city in the country for allergies. It blames high pollen levels and the lack of allergists in the city.
In fact, Dr. Maurice Strickland said that he's the only licensed allergist in Wichita running an allergy-specific practice.
"Well, we're always in the top five," Strickland said.
Strickland says the high wind in the area is responsible for the high pollen level, but there are other air contaminants that can make people more allergy-sensitive.
"Our air is full of dust. We don't have a good cover crop, so I think the pollen and dust all mix together."
Strickland said that while the season is unavoidable, there are ways to keep severe allergy symptoms at bay.
"Air filtration, close the windows, when you go out to walk, I like to walk in the morning and at night, come in and shower and wash the pollen out of your hair," Strickland said.
He adds there are many different over-the-counter remedies as well.
If you'd like more information on the study, and to see what other cities are challenging for those with allergies, click here.