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Louisville named worst city for allergies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It probably comes as no surprise that Louisville was named the worst city for allergy suffers.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked the Ohio River Valley as the "most challenging place to live with spring allergies."

The rankings were based on pollen levels, use of allergy medications and the number of board-certified allergists in the area.

So while many are moving outside to enjoy the warm up, some are left to suffer.

"Pollen, grass, mold spores," Sheryl Boddie lists off the many irritants floating around the Louisville area. "You name it, it happens. All I know is it's really hard to breath."

Sheryl, and her husband Boddie, suffer from severe allergies. Until moving to Louisville in their mid-30s, neither had had allergies. Sheryl said after months of sinus problems and feeling sleepy, she went to the doctor. For the first time in her life she was told that she had allergies.

"I asked him how I could have asthma when I've never had asthma before," she said. "And his words were, 'welcome to the Ohio Valley.'"

Dr. Gerald Lee, an allergist with University of Louisville, claims even he suffers from spring allergies.

"Here in Louisville we have two cultured traditions: March Madness basketball, and March Madness which is actually spring allergies."

Lee said geography and climate are to blame.

"In the Ohio Valley, in the basin of the river, we have the perfect temperature and precipitation to allow pollen growth, along with other trees grasses and weeds."

Dr. Lee suggests getting an allergy test to find out exactly what you're allergic too, and then treating it with either medication or allergy shots. 

But for the Boddies, there is only one cure.

"Our time here is eventually going to have to come to an end," said Terry.

They plan to move once their kids are done with school.

"We love Louisville, but from a health standpoint we can't take that risk," said Sheryl.

Memphis was ranked second worst for spring allergies, followed by Baton Rouge, and Oklahoma City. 

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