The Worst Cities to Live in if You Have Asthma

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Asthma is a condition that causes your airways to become inflamed and narrow, making it difficult to get a breath. For the 25 million Americans that are impacted by this respiratory disease, it can be difficult to live with and is often made worse in certain regions of the United States.

Every year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American publishes a study on the most challenging places to live with asthma. The results for 2019 are in and provide insights into the cities to avoid if you have asthma.

Top 20 Asthma Capitals

  1. Springfield, MA
  2. Dayton, OH
  3. Greensboro, NC
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. Cleveland, OH
  6. Allentown, PA
  7. Louisville, KY
  8. Boston, MA
  9. Omaha, NE
  10. Milwaukee, WI
  11. New Haven, CT
  12. Richmond, VA
  13. Hartford, CT
  14. Akron, OH
  15. Jackson, MS
  16. Columbus, OH
  17. Louis, MO
  18. Cincinnati, OH
  19. Baltimore, MD
  20. Winston-Salem, NC

Best Air Purifiers for Asthma Sufferers

Since moving isn’t always a possibility for some asthma sufferers, finding other ways to cope is important. An air purifier can often be a helpful addition for your home to prevent many asthma triggers from floating around in your indoor air. Our top picks for asthma air purifiers include the following highly-rated products.

Blueair AllergyGuard Plus

An Allergy Buyers Club exclusive, the Blueair AllergyGuard Plus Air Purifier uses HEPASilent Technology to eliminate asthma and allergy triggers in the air. The technology combines electrostatic and mechanical filtration to eliminate 99.97% of airborne asthma triggers such as dust, pollen, ragweed, mold, and pet dander. Sensors on the air purifier constantly monitor air quality and adjust the fan speed as needed.

QuietPure Home

The QuietPure Home Air Purifier has advanced HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filtration and a patented turbo charged airflow system that removes allergens, dust, bacteria, viruses, and odors from your indoor air. It also has an optional Carbon VOC filter to help remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are the hardest to remove from the air and are often the worst asthma triggers. It captures 99.97% of all particles down to 0.3 microns.

IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier

The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier uses HyperHEPA filtration that exceeds the HEPA standards and captures 99.5% of microns as small as 0.003. It features a PreMax large capacity filter that captures larger particles such as pet dander. Finally, a V-5 Cell chemical and odor filter containing 5lbs of coal-based activate carbon removes smells and VOCs from the air you breathe. It’s ideal for spaces up to 1125 sq.ft.