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Old 01-13-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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Unless they have a condition that compromises their respiratory system such as asthma, apparently they do very well. At least that is what I have read/heard.

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That concerns me. I've had asthma all my life (I live in Miami), and although I am physically fit (I run..a lot), the altitude scares me. I guess I'll have to visit a few times during different seasons to see how it would affect me.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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With all this talk about altitude, now I`m wondering if your body can be affected by 4600 elev. Would anybody know? I get migraines but mine were worse at sea level. Also, when you travel and you go through higher elevations for a short period, would that have an affect on your body too?
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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With all this talk about altitude, now I`m wondering if your body can be affected by 4600 elev. Would anybody know? I get migraines but mine were worse at sea level. Also, when you travel and you go through higher elevations for a short period, would that have an affect on your body too?
I got edema (fluid retention around heart and lungs) at only 8000 ft. I expect a bit of adaptation and conditioning to be needed at 5000 for me. I'd expect a problem if I went straight to Woodland Park from sea level.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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[LIST=1][*]I moved up to mile high Prescott, Arizona 3 weeks ago. I noticed always having dry chapped lips. And shortness of breath. I used to bicycle allover Seattle, WA, I have very strong lungs normally. Its the high altitude. I could not find any decent jobs up here and lacks good public transportation. I am moving back to Seattle. I can get work easy there and buses to everywhere. I can breathe better and dont get chapped lips in Seattle. I went to High School up here in the 1980s. I thought I would like it up here. This town is good if you are retired with money. Seattle is better for younger people.[/LIST]
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:13 PM
 
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From my understanding, asthmatics, (if well-controlled), do better at higher altitudes, especially if the asthma is allergy related, (as is mine), due to the reduced allergens, (outdoor allergens). Individuals with emphysema have more issues than asthmatics at high altitude, but this condition is also progressive.The cold air can be an issue for asthma, but this can occur at any altitude. I live in the Ohio valley and it is one of the worst places to live for both allergies and asthma and I am doing fine. My daughter, also asthmatic, has more problems with her allergies, but her asthma is well-controlled. I am hoping our move with improve her allergy issues, therefore improving her asthma and hopefully she will need less preventative medications. I lived in Utah as an adult and had some issues with my asthma, but again, where we lived was a valley and the air quality in the area where we lived was not good. Colorado's air quality is very good in comparison to most areas in the country.

Good luck to you!
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