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Old 09-07-2015, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Anyone know of any new allergens in the last few years that have moved to the area?

My mom and I have both never had any allergies until about 5 years ago. Since then, we both get them on the same days (as each other, not the same calendar days) every year. We are clearly both allergic to the same thing, and whatever it is was not in the Boise area in any quantity before around 5 years ago.

I'm assuming it is in the ragweed/sagebrush/chenopod family, as that is what is ranking high right now and we are both suffering yesterday and today.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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Do you live in the same home? Is it possible something very local changed? New pet, plants, i.e. something in the home perhaps?
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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We do not live together. We do work together, but nothing at the office has changed. She lives in Meridian, I live in West Boise, and the office is in West Boise. No new pets, I've lived in my house for 12 years, she's lived in hers for about 7 now.

But I don't think it is that local anyway, because 99% of the time, we are fine. But 2 or 3 days a year, we are allergy central, both of us. If it was a cat or a plant or something at the office, I would think it would be much more frequent. This only happens on days when the allergens I mention are at "high" levels, so I assume it is something in that grouping.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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There is an excellent book and a lot of articles about how cities have made mistakes in planting parkways, parks, etc. and causing a lot of allergy problems for residents. Google "Thomas Ogren", he even feels that this is a large part of the increase in asthma in kids in the last 20 years.

Boise, being the City of Trees, probably falls into this group. :-) Any new planting in your office locale, within the last 5 years?
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:37 AM
 
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Yeah, a few, actually. Could be that, for sure. Nothing immediately next to me, but some minor things in the general vicinity.

It is much less severe today, so it isn't really a big deal in my life. Was more curious than anything.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:10 AM
 
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They do not have to be new, they could have been there all along. As we age we become allergic to things that were always there. For some reason the body just can not tolerate something it always has and walla, an allergy.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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They do not have to be new, they could have been there all along. As we age we become allergic to things that were always there. For some reason the body just can not tolerate something it always has and walla, an allergy.
Yeah, I just thought that would be strange for my mother and I to suddenly become sensitive at the same time.
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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Might be something in the office (new employee with new perfume/cologne, plants, filters haven't been changed, mold, etc.) My allergies started up last week and this time of year it is typically the sagebrush pollen and grasses that gets me.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:41 PM
 
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It's very common for people to develop local allergies after moving to a new city after a few years. It can take a few years for your body to develop the allergy.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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It's very common for people to develop local allergies after moving to a new city after a few years. It can take a few years for your body to develop the allergy.
Mom and dad moved to Boise 37 years ago, when I was 1 month old, so don't think that is it either.

I think BoiseBound has the answer, probably some new "decorative" planting near our office, of a type that isn't native to the area. My eyes are burning again today.
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