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The Allergy Season Survival Guide

6/18/2015

Hygiene Hypothesis is often used to explain the ever-increasing rates of hay fever and asthma in industrialized nations, so we decided to take a closer look at reports of allergies on social media in the United States, which provides a great population cross section of allergy activity given the ubiquity of social media in the US. Our data scientists and epidemiologists have divided the number of qualified allergy reports from social media into the total population to create a Top 10 list of Most Allergic States and the rates of reported seasonal allergy symptoms over the course of a year (May 2014 thru May 2015). These data represent the relative impact of seasonal allergies on population health, which is not necessarily representative of states with the highest pollen counts. We believe this is an important distinction when attempting to understand why some states have higher reports of allergies per capita than others. Population estimates were provided from the U.S. Census: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/2013_release/

The following infographic provides a snapshot of the above analysis along with some helpful tips that we've found for decreasing your allergy symptoms, and some other fun facts about the history of allergies:

Allergy Season Survival Guide

Top 10 Most Allergic States:

1 - Texas
2 - Oklahoma
3 - Oregon
4 - Kansas
5 - Massachusetts
6 - Kentucky
7 - Nevada
8 - Ohio
9 - West Virginia
10 - Tennessee

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