WELLNESS
09/18/2013 05:43 pm ET Updated Sep 20, 2013

Fall Allergy Capitals: 2013's Worst Places To Live In The U.S.

This fall, some cities are in for a sneezier season than others. Northeast states can expect an average allergy season, but residents of the Southeast and Midwest are expected to face a bit more trouble, according to Accuweather, thanks to a perfect balance of summer sun, rain and heat.

Once again, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has named the worst cities across the country for people with fall allergies.

The ranking are based on three calculations: pollen levels, allergy medicine use and the number of certified allergists in the area. Each city was scaled and assigned a score, with a perfect 100 going to the worst city, Wichita, Kansas, up from No. 2 in the rankings last year.

Ragweed is typically the biggest trigger of fall sniffles and sneezes, but outdoor mold growing from Superstorm Sandy may cause a particular problem this year, according to the AAFA. High winds from what is predicted to be an above-average hurricane season may also spread mold and pollen wider than is typical.

So who should worry? Find out if your hometown was named one of this fall's top 20 allergy capitals below. Then click over to AllergyCapitals.com for the full list.

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