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OKLAHOMA CITY - There are a lot of allergy sufferers in Oklahoma, especially this time of year.

According to a new study on this year’s  fall allergy capitals, two big cities in our state have dropped on the list.

Despite new rankings, our state is still one of the most challenging places to live with fall allergies in the United States.

One 13-year-old says he has been dealing with allergies and asthma for as long as he can remember.

A skin allergy test showed he was allergic to everything from ragweed to cats.

"I swelled up to all 42 of those," said Chado Daffron.

A recent study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America shows Oklahoma City moved down from #3 to #7 and Tulsa from #10 to #16 on the list for the 2015 Fall Allergy Capitals.

Despite the lower ranking, Dr. Dean A. Atkinson said the clinic stays busy with patients.

"We still are an allergy capital because we still have very high pollen counts," said Dr. Dean A. Atkinson, MD with the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic.

Dr. Atkinson doesn't think the rankings represent a drop in pollen counts, but rather the number of allergy physicians in the area and other factors.

"If people are using more medicines in those other areas, then they're going to get a higher number," said Atkinson.

He continues to encourage Oklahomans to be proactive and prepare for allergy seasons.

"Start your nasal steroid sprays, use antihistamines, you can use those as needed or regularly and if you're still not better, you can see your doctor or your allergists," said Dr. Atkinson.

"I do take weekly allergy shots that makes me immune to the allergies. I do have epipens, which in case I have reaction to those," said Daffron.

Precautions that have helped this active teenager still enjoy the outdoors.

"I'm able to go outside more, I'm able to run, I'm able to go and hike a lot," said Daffron.

The fall allergy season lasts until the first freeze. However, we don't get much of a break.

In December, mountain cedar starts to blow in from the south winds,  causing a lot of people to suffer.