|Year||Spring Allergy rank||Fall Allergy rank||Asthma rank|
* = A good or bad year for us, depending on your perspective!
If you are curious about how other cities were ranked this year only, go to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America's website or click on the link in the top left corner of this website. Prior year's rankings can be found by searching the internet. To see graphs of this years' pollen and mold counts, click here.
I disagree with the 3 measurements used to determine their rankings of Allergy Capitals:
- Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)*
- Number of allergy medications used per patient
- Number of allergy specialists per patient.
Separately, Greenville ranks about 20th in the spring and about 42nd in the fall fairly consistently.The pollen counts are higher in the spring than in the fall, as it is for most of the SE US.
12/13/11 My other objection to the list is: how are the pollen and mold counts determined? My office has been responsible for the pollen counts in Greenville since 2000. We don't publish mold counts, because we use a Rotorod sampler, which does not count mold spores accurately. Almost every site listed in the National Allergy Bureau's website uses the same sampler (private communication). I also know the NAB does not monitor 100 other pollen and mold counting stations. So where does the certified data come from? I happen to have lived in Dayton, OH and I know the pollen counts weren't as high as Greenville's. Perhaps the climate and vegetation has changed.