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Old 04-02-2007, 12:15 PM
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My husband has a wonderful job opportunity in Atlanta, but we are hesitating because our younger son (26 months) has asthma and we somehow got this impression from others that Atlanta is pretty bad for that.

In the past all of his asthma attacks started with a cold. we live in west suburb of Chicago and this past winter had been terribly harsh on his respiratory system. So far his doctor hasn't found any other trigger other than cold virus. Does anyone have any information/experience regarding this? Thanks a lot!
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:31 PM
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Me -- I get asthma like symptoms with colds -- but they have decreased over time (or maybe now that I am a mom for a long time, I just don't get as many colds.)

I do not get asthma from pollen, but if you do, watch out. We are having a horrible spring -- the worst (or worse) since 1999. It was so bad here last week, that parents of kids without allergies, were calling the school and saying they didn't want their kids going outside, even to walk to the trailer for art.

We also have a lot of pollution in the summer, particularly, a lot of Code Red days when kids can't go outside.

You might consider contacting an allergist here for advice... this group is good...


Many people who move here from other places, develop allergies.
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:54 PM
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Thanks for the info, lastminutemom. I will try to get in touch with an allergist as you suggested. Don't quite want to give up that easily.

To my surprise, per weather.com, Georgia has a much worse flu season than Illinois in terms of length and severeness though with a much warmer weather.
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:01 PM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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If the attacks are triggered by pollen then as someone else just said, Atlanta has about the worst of it.

Let's put it this way - they use a rating scale to measure pollen count in the air here. A count of 120 or more is considered "extremely high"... last week we had two days where the count was OVER 5000.. I think it was even 5,499 on one day! I have no respitory problems, and this year I had to go on massive amounts of pills just to BARELY make it through a few days. Two of my dogs are even on Benadryl as they started having a hard time breathing this time around.

On another note, there have been summers in the past where Atlanta has exceeded the Federal Air Quality standards on numerous days (due to car exhaust fumes and pollution in general), and in a couple of those years, exceeded them even more than L.A.

I'm just going to sum it up that if someone (young or old) has any type of issues that involve their respiratory system, Atlanta is not exactly the poster child for "clean air" for those people. Places like Atlanta, L.A., Houston... just not good places for that. Your child is only just past 2 years old too, so ask yourself this - how will growing up in air like that have an additional effect on lung development as he matures?
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:11 PM
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Atlantagreg is right. Atlanta has very poor air quality. To show that, the Atlanta region is the only metropolitan area in the US which has had it's federal highway money taken away because of poor air quality. We have it back now but because we went back out of attainment last year we are in danger of losing it again. LA, Houston, Phoenix- none of them lost their federal highway money. Only Atlanta.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:36 PM
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Well I guess it is time to be moderate about my husband's career path. Besides he has seasonal allergy too.

Thanks, everyone!
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