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Old 10-08-2011, 10:45 AM
Location: Colorado
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My young son has severe asthma & allergies and recent tests by a specialist showed that he is highly allergic to Rocky Mountain Juniper.

We live in Canon City (and love it here) but this whole region is high desert and we are surrounded by Rocky Mountain Junipers.

I am considering a relocation to help with my son's symptons, but would really like to stay in Colorado!

Are there any areas of Colorado that do NOT have Rocky Mountain Junipers? (I'm guessing elevations above 9,000 feet??) If anyone has any knowledge of the flora of this region - please advise.

Also, I would be interested to hear from other allergy/asthma sufferers and how you cope in Colorado.

Do you think it makes a difference where you live?
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:04 AM
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I live at 8,150 in Avon near Vail and have a bunch of Rocky Mountain Juniper in my yard, so your 9,000 foot elevation may be on target. You might try contacting a master gardener group to see if they know more about the growing climate for Rocky Mountain Juniper.

My allergies were bad this year, I understand that it was a problem all over the country. I take claritin and it helps. I also eat local honey, not sure if it really makes a difference, but I like it.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:11 PM
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Rocky Mountain Juniper is one of the most common trees in Colorado. About the only place to escape it is either at the very highest elevations (9,000-10,000 feet elevation) or on the Eastern Plains--there are even pockets of them on the latter. It is also common throughout the Rocky Mountain West, from Montana to New Mexico in the US.

As a long-time allergy sufferer, I can say that it all depends on what one is allergic to as to how one can cope. The idea that Colorado is a paradise for all allergy sufferers is a lie. If one is allergic to molds, Colorado does offer relief compared to more humid places, but people with dust allergies or allergies to local vegetation can really suffer here. Some people will also get temporary relief when they relocate here, only to find that they develop allergies to local plants within a year or two. My allergy doctor tells me that is very common.
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:30 AM
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I've never had allergies in my life in the humid East Coast.
Since 2007, I've been felled by allergies in July and August, both in Utah and SW Colorado, to the point of non-functioning and deciding not to visit then again. I think I'm allergic to "chenopods," (the Salt Lake newspaper had them off the charts when I was miserable) and that, I think, means pig thistle, Russian thistle(?) and basically anything that can be made into a tumbleweed. July used to be OK in Colorado for me, but the last few years it has not been.
I wanted to see an allergist here in the East before visiting, but he wanted to do this whole workup thing that takes hours and I know it's the chenopods.
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