BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo has been ranked one of the worst cities for allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America measured the pollen scores and number of allergy medications and specialists used per patient.
Buffalo has moved from #25 to #15 on the list.
Allergists say there are many kind of pollens and usually trees will release pollen first, followed by grasses, then weeds.
Because climate change is producing more carbon dioxide, plants have more energy. That has created more pollen and the pollen is more potent each year.
Doctors say patients can take over-the-counter medicine or get an allergy shot.
Researchers at John Hopkins University believe there's an alternative to allergy shots. They say using liquid drops of various allergens under the tongue is safe and effective.
The next city from New York on the list is Rochester, at #37. You can see the full list here .
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