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Old 12-06-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My husband and I are from Texas, and have lived here our whole lives with the exception of 4 years in California (for a job). We are life-long moderate to severe seasonal allergy sufferers. Our daughters, age 9 and 5, both have allergies as well; our 9 year old gets quite sick from them often (sinus infections, ear infections, persistent cough and allergy induced asthma). For this reason, and a few others, we are seriously considering moving out of state.

When we lived on the California coast (Monterey Bay) we did not have allergies at all...they were non-existent except when we traveled back to Texas or to some other areas. We would move back there in a second but it is very far from our family here in Texas which limited us to only seeing them once or twice a year, and jobs are scarce in my husband's field in that area (online marketing).

We are considering Colorado for several reasons, and a friend told us he did not have allergies there but he has them bad here. I know that it will vary greatly from person to person, but a LOT of people in Texas suffer from allergies...is that the case in Colorado?

We have been to Colorado many times on vacation over the years, and plan to visit again over spring break, but that is not going to tell us much as far as allergies go. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Your allergies won't be nearly as bad as they are down there, but I wouldn't count on them being completely eradicated. There's a good possibility you'll be trading one set of allergens for another, albeit smaller, one. I was miserable for most of the year when we lived in Dallas, but moving back to Colorado hasn't provided total relief. I'm allergic to sagebrush and it gives me fits when it blooms.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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In 1977, I moved to Colorado Springs from Phoenix. In Phoenix, I was allergic to everything. I used to rush home to sit under an electrostatic filter to breathe clean air. I was miserable for 10 months each year.

In Colorado Springs I am allergic only to ragweed. It pollinates about Aug 1 and dies at the first big frost. That's it.

Your situation might be different. The best approach to allergies is to avoid the allergens if possible. Try moving here. It might solve your problem.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thank you both for your replies! Here I would say we suffer from allergies about 10 months out of 12, so most of the year. If that was even cut in half it would be worth it! I am allergic to ragweed, but here the first frost comes later I think so the season is longer.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:21 PM
 
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It all depends on what you guys are allergic to. Mountain Cedar really makes us sick, it's in TX and CO.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I had BAD spring allergies in Maryland. Grasses and trees mostly, but molds were also very much a problem. I've been hoping that allergies wouldn't be as bad here, but we moved here *after* the spring allergy season, so ask me again next year.

In fact, next year, if my allergies are trouble again, the ENT and I have discussed allergy shots.

I will mention, however, that the air is very dry. About a month after we got here, I got a little sore throat, and lost my voice for over a month. I was down to a whisper for three weeks of that. Was it the air? Don't know. But make sure you want to move here for other reasons, too. It might be better for you, but then again, it also might not.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:59 PM
 
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I've begun to develop allergies here after living here for 10+ years. It's nothing compared to Philadelphia, which almost knocked me over when I visited one July, or Houston. But we do have allergies, and the longer you live somewhere, so I've heard, the more you become susceptible to allergies (?)
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:03 AM
 
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Could it also just be that we had a pretty unusually wet summer, and two seasons of wildfires?
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thank you all for your responses! We are allergic to a variety of grasses, trees, and mold. I am allergic to cedar too According to our allergist, the reason our allergies were non-existent on the coast is because the ocean breeze is constantly pushing the air inland, so you don't have pollens and other allergens hanging around. I know that wouldn't be the case in CO though, so we may or may not see an improvement...
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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Cedar is my biggest allergy complaint. The best thing I can say about the cedar pollen here is that the season is fairly short. However, when it gets going good the cedar pollen in east central Texas must be an order of magnitude greater than here.
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