Spring has arrived, and so has allergy season. Fourteen percent of Americans are dealing with the congestion, sinus inflammation and sneezing brought on by their allergies.
With pollen’s link to plants, it may be surprising that hyperurbanized New York City is consistently worse than average, as the chart below shows.
But Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, said allergy conditions are worse in urban areas because air pollution “supercharges” the pollen. Plant gender plays an important role as well.