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Old 11-27-2017, 04:28 PM
 
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I've moved (not because of my allergies) and eventually developed allergies to the things that were growing where I lived. I'm guessing that's the case with most people. Before you uproot your life I'd at least see a specialist (MD) and get an opinion on what type of climate would be best for you. I had asked my doctor about Phoenix at one point and he said that some place with a cold winter and dry climate like parts of Wyoming would be best.

Hope you find something that works.
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Old 11-28-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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I've moved (not because of my allergies) and eventually developed allergies to the things that were growing where I lived. I'm guessing that's the case with most people. Before you uproot your life I'd at least see a specialist (MD) and get an opinion on what type of climate would be best for you. I had asked my doctor about Phoenix at one point and he said that some place with a cold winter and dry climate like parts of Wyoming would be best.

Hope you find something that works.
Thank you.

If you have mold allergies, I'd be careful about Wyoming. I have found high mold levels reported (or forecast anyway) there, at times.

I honestly don't think talking to most MDs about these issues is worth the time. It's not something they normally study in detail.
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Old 05-28-2018, 05:11 PM
 
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Just to follow up on this very self-centered thread: I have tended not to worry too give too much weight to the influence of extreme dryness, but at the moment it seems like a really bad idea to move anywhere drier than Albuquerque. The truth is, the dryness is bad for my sinuses. Yes, I get away from outdoor mold, but still, the dryness has a lot to do with the sinus discomfort I've had here. It's also a struggle to keep my apartment adequately humidified when I am running the air conditioning on a hot day (especially with single digit humidity outside). Then, since I have humidifiers (plural) running on high when I go to bed, I sometimes wake up to find that my apartment has gotten too humid overnight, as the temperature drops and the outdoor humidity goes up somewhat.

If I am having these problems in Albuquerque, they would probably be worse in Phoenix or Las Vegas, or similar locations. One reason I haven't been that concerned with the extreme dryness here is that I don't spend much time outdoors. But if I am out for even 15-20 minutes, especially if I am just standing around, not walking somewhere, I generally feel the dryness in my sinuses, pretty quickly. It might not immediately become pressure, congestion, or a headache, but there will be some discomfort.

Honestly, I finally think I made a mistake by relocating. I should have found a way to stick it out and tried alternative treatments, which is what I'm doing here in New Mexico, ten years after relocating. After two false starts with NAET, I have started receiving treatments again, with yet another doctor of oriental medicine. It's much too early for me to comment.

I would not rule out relocating to a more humid environment, but I think I would first want to get my allergies and my barometric pressure sensitivity under control. On a purely mechanical level relating to adequate movement of cilia in the sinuses, and so forth, a more humid environment would be better for me. Unfortunately, the situation is more complicated than that.

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Old 05-29-2018, 11:45 AM
 
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Just to follow up on this very self-centered thread: I have tended not to worry too give too much weight to the influence of extreme dryness, but at the moment it seems like a really bad idea to move anywhere drier than Albuquerque. The truth is, the dryness is bad for my sinuses. Yes, I get away from outdoor mold, but still, the dryness has a lot to do with the sinus discomfort I've had here. It's also a struggle to keep my apartment adequately humidified when I am running the air conditioning on a hot day (especially with single digit humidity outside). Then, since I have humidifiers (plural) running on high when I go to bed, I sometimes wake up to find that my apartment has gotten too humid overnight, as the temperature drops and the outdoor humidity goes up somewhat.

If I am having these problems in Albuquerque, they would probably be worse in Phoenix or Las Vegas, or similar locations. One reason I haven't been that concerned with the extreme dryness here is that I don't spend much time outdoors. But if I am out for even 15-20 minutes, especially if I am just standing around, not walking somewhere, I generally feel the dryness in my sinuses, pretty quickly. It might not immediately become pressure, congestion, or a headache, but there will be some discomfort.

Honestly, I finally think I made a mistake by relocating. I should have found a way to stick it out and tried alternative treatments, which is what I'm doing here in New Mexico, ten years after relocating. After two false starts with NAET, I have started receiving treatments again, with yet another doctor of oriental medicine. It's much too early for me to comment.

I would not rule out relocating to a more humid environment, but I think I would first want to get my allergies and my barometric pressure sensitivity under control. On a purely mechanical level relating to adequate movement of cilia in the sinuses, and so forth, a more humid environment would be better for me. Unfortunately, the situation is more complicated than that.
I was just in NM and was miserable. I mean the dryness, dust, plus radical change in temperature on a daily basis was like a sinus nightmare for me. I actually did much better in coastal Florida where the temperatures weren’t extreme and the breezes kept most of the dust/pollens at bay. I now live in the Midwest and it is still okay.

There are humidifiers you can get that monitor the humidity and will shut off when it goes up. They are more expensive but well worth it. I stayed with a friend and his room was like a rainforest when he woke up, which is just as bad for allergies as 6% humidity. I set mine to stop when it reaches 50%.
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:56 PM
 
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There are humidifiers you can get that monitor the humidity and will shut off when it goes up. They are more expensive but well worth it. I stayed with a friend and his room was like a rainforest when he woke up, which is just as bad for allergies as 6% humidity. I set mine to stop when it reaches 50%.
I have tried a couple humidifiers like that, and they weren't calibrated correctly. I don't remember how the first one I bought worked in that regard, because it had other issues I didn't like. But the last one I bought would not function correctly, and it was inconsistent. The ups an downs were all over the place. It wasn't as if it was just 5% over what I set it too, so I could make an adjustment. There was no consistency. I'm sure there may be good ones out there. I like humidifiers that are easy to clean, so that rules out a lot of them.

(Today my allergies are killing me as well. Oddly, I think the allergic response was most in terms of mood for the better portion of the day. I only felt sinus pain toward the end of the day. It's hard to convince some people that mood swings can be a direct response to allergens, but I'm convinced they can be.)
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:04 PM
 
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I developed allergies for the first time in my life at age 38 when I took a job transfer to Louisville, KY.

I didn't know what was wrong with me, lol. I felt lousy, constant headache & sinus trouble. I was surprised when the doctor told me 'allergies' and told him politely that I didn't have allergies. It was interesting to learn that allergies can develop at any time during one's life span.

I had a devil of a time with the allergies there and NOTHING worked. I just stopped taking allergy medicine because it just made me feel high and out of it.

I was sent out to Phoenix for a temporary transfer and that was horrible :: I had constant nosebleeds, hair end started to split/crack, and itchy skin.

I have had no issues here at all. I am originally from the Upstate NY area so apparently need that good ol' humidity

When I lived in Michigan I was also allergy free; during my travels to the Upper Midwest in general I had no allergy issues.

I agree that mood swings can go along with allergies; I had them quite frequently when I was dealing with allergy hell in Kentucky.

I hope that you can find your sweet spot where you get some relief.
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