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Chicago has the questionable distinction of ranking first among the Asthma and Allergy Foundation's 2005 Fall Allergy Capitals. According to the detailed results table [PDF], the Windy City was no. 53 last year, so your guess is as good as mine when it comes to what caused the surge in the poll. Nevertheless, we "won" due to high pollen levels and medication use and a lower-than-average per capita number of allergists. In other words, make the necessary doctor appointments soon.

 
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