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Best & Worst Cities for Asthma

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This information was reviewed and approved by Laurie Manka, MD (January 2024).

Summary: Best & Worst Cities for Asthma

Best Cities for Asthma

  1. Provo, UT
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Oxnard, CA
  4. Madison, WI
  5. Durham, NC
  6. Little Rock, AR
  7. Ogden, UT
  8. Winston-Salem, NC
  9. New Haven, CT
  10. Raleigh, NC
  11. Boise, ID
  12. Boston, MA
  13. Knoxville, TN
  14. Denver, CO
  15. Birmingham, AL
  16. Portland, OR
  17. Bridgeport, CT
  18. Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Charlotte, NC
  20. Grand Rapids, MI
  21. Augusta, GA
  22. Oklahoma City, OK
  23. Greensboro, NC
  24. San Francisco, CA
  25. San Jose, CA

Most Challenging Cities for Asthma

  1. Allentown, PA
  2. Lakeland, FL
  3. Charleston, SC
  4. Cleveland, OH
  5. Detroit, MI
  6. Poughkeepsie, NY
  7. Richmond, VA
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Fresno, CA
  10. Rochester, NY
  11. Columbus, OH
  12. Baltimore, MD
  13. St. Louis, MO
  14. Orlando, FL
  15. New York, NY
  16. Harrisburg, PA
  17. McAllen, TX
  18. Omaha, NE
  19. Dayton, OH
  20. Greenville, SC
  21. Spokane, WA
  22. Cape Coral, FL
  23. Albany, NY
  24. Las Vegas, NV
  25. Miami, FL

Source: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (Opens in a new window)

Pollen, air quality, pets and smoking can all affect asthma and other respiratory conditions. Know what triggers your breathing issues and use these tips to keep them under control.

  1. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke, chemicals and fumes.
  2. Keep pets out of your bedroom.
  3. Follow your asthma action plan.
  4. Avoid exercising outdoors on high pollution and pollen days.
  5. Wash outdoor pets often to remove outdoor allergens.
  6. Get help to stop smoking. Call 800.QUIT.NOW
  7. Take medication as prescribed.
  8. On poor air quality days, keep windows closed. Use an air conditioner at home and in the car.
  9. Use a peak flow meter to help manage and prevent symptoms.
  10. Change clothes, shower and wash hair to remove pollens.

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