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Old 10-07-2006, 09:31 PM
 
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Hey Kali (and others),

As a tiiny kid, on doctor's advice, my family moved from Tucson AZ to Colorado (elev. about 6500 ft.) because of my big problems with asthma and allergies (thanks mom and dad). I have never had another asthma attack. We lived in S. Texas for about 10 mos. when I was in mid school and my allergies were much worse, so we moved back to CO (no asthma, though - thanks again M&D).

Four seasons / weather: I have allergy problems now, but much of this is because of chemical and mold poisoning incidents - won't be true for others ... as Baltic Celt said we are all different, so, remember this is just my stuff. Mold is a huge problem for me (may not be for you guys) and my allergies and infections are worse when it rains on summer afternoons (Jul-early Sep) and when snow is melting in the winter (Dec-Mar or Apr). Usually, in winter, when it's cold (not warm enough to melt snow), my outdoor allergies are better - no mold and all of the pollens are "in hibernation" I guess. I also have some problems in the spring when all of the grasses, trees, plants, etc are blooming. Overall, Colorado has been much better than lower elevations for me, though.

My choice of diet affects the number & intensity of my allergies -- for me, it helps a lot to avoid grains and sugars of all kinds (I guess this may be a little obvious to some) - doctors called this "cross-reactivity" (talk to your doc about this). Also, more stress=worse allergies. Finally, environmental chemicals (auto exhaust, paints, perfumes, etc.) make all of my allergy issues worse (smaller towns are generally better). These factors seem to have more impact than the four seasons, but I would have to guess that, for most people with allergies/asthma, the spring with its new growth, might be the most difficult season.

I have been blessed growning up in Colorado - not only because of my allergies/asthma! I'm not sure where you are looking to live (my apologies), but check out the Arizona forum which has an active thread on allergies/asthma, too. Truthfully, I'm looking for a new temporary home for the winter because of my problems with mold -- hopefully, mold won't affect you guys.

Kali, oceankidz, and Baltic Celt, the most important info. I think I can give, is to check these out before you go to your Dr. ---> www.NAET.com www.tat-intl.com www.emofree.com and google "allergy antidotes" and "bioset". I really suggest calling practitioners listed on these sites and asking all of the questions you want - I have found nothing but cool people and helpful info. - new understanding is making allergies and asthma obsolete for many!

Hope this helps -- please let me know if I can provide other assistance. I, too, am looking forward to learning what others have to say about this topic.
Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:33 AM
 
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My husband grew up in Chicago. He never had any allergies at all until, as an adult, he moved to Colorado. He would really suffer sometimes, but never considered moving away.
Some people in Colorado have a problem with pine pollen, but he did not.
As has been already said, people are so different it can be hard to pinpoint the aggravating factors.
Now we are in Florida and he is doing quite well, but I wonder if dgoboy's statement about smaller towns might be helping him.
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Old 10-08-2006, 08:13 AM
 
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Default Allergies

Hi Kaligirl,

I have lived in Northern Colorado practically my entire life (pushing 50 in a year).

As a child growing up, I was diagnosed with "hay fever" by my family's physician, and that I would probably grow out of it, which I never did.
For me, the worst time of the year was the August/September timeframe, always during two a days in football. There was some type of weed or pollen at that time of year that just really messed me up.

After marrying, I decided to have an allergy test done, and found out that I was allergic to weeds, pollen, and grasses. Having played outdoor sports, and enjoying being outside, I now understood why my nose was always a stuffed up runny mess! I now take a nasal prescription spray called Beconase from Spring through Fall, and I have never had any more issues (Claritan didn't work for me).

I think allergies are easily dealt with around here, but I'm not sure about asthma. Many people have exercise induced asthma, and utilize the inhalers before any strenous activity and that seems to help them.

Like a previous post mentioned, everyone is different and can be affected and treated differently.

Good luck to you.
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:21 PM
 
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Default Thank you everyone for your posts!

Thanks for the information shared in your posts. They were very helpful. I was curious about what the effect the thinner air might have on asthma too. Has anyone had a doctor bring this up as a factor? I also wasn't sure what kind of trees, grasses were popular there so that might help me narrow it down a bit when I speak to their doctor. Our doctor knows what my children allergies are, but he might not know what Colorado has as far as popular trees, grasses, pollens and molds etc. Someone already mentioned Pines, thanks for that too. And yes, one of us is extremely allergic to Mold and Cats. I am off the charts for dust. And my little one's exercise induced Asthma seems to be worse than the rest of us. This is why I was curious about the elevation and possibly the cold air, as we haven't had a regular exposure to those types of elements. (Yet )

Okay sorry to go on, thanks for indulging me....keep posting, it really helps!!
Kali

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:00 AM
 
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My wife has asthma/allergies. The climate here was better for her than when we lived in Southern California, but her immune system to the cold weather winters here isn't that good. We have been here since 2002 and she has gotten a bad cold/flu 3-4 times each winter. Getting a flu shot didn't even help her. That is why we will be moving to NC within the next year.
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Old 10-09-2006, 05:46 PM
 
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LoveBoating -

NC is a beautiful state, from mountains to coast, but it's also a very green state. Be careful where you move in NC & do your research beforehand, so you don't replicate the same breathing problem situation for your wife. In 2001, I moved out of Asheville, NC (I lasted 1-yr) when asthma/allergies literally floored me - I was passing out on my floor as my breathing was only 10% of it's capacity when I had an attack. You can die/have brain damage if it's 30%.

Initially, I thought I had a month-long flu & it turned out to be an asthma attack. According to my dr, turns out WNC is a rainforest (I had no idea we had them in the US!) & I wasn't the only one of her patients that relocated there & just couldn't breathe. (As a side note, there are rainforests in CA, too. I'm unsure about other states, but I'll search too, prior to moving in the spring.) Prior to moving to NC, I had been asthma/allergy free for 20-yrs. They began again & my dr suggested I move as I was unable to enjoy outside activities or even remain at home without continual a/c (much too expensive for my budget). I felt trapped indoors & it was no fun. Honestly, I was going to move anyway, but if not at that time, I would have eventually left due to the severity.

So, I do empathize with your/your wife's situation, but be careful. Also, if you find useful info (like a low allergy NC locale), please feel free to post it here. I'd be very interested.

Best of luck... Baltic_Celt
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:26 AM
 
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Default Personal Experience

I have had allergies all my life and about 15 years ago was diagnosed with Asthma. In Colorado Springs I was able to live symptom free for five years. It was the only place out of ten states that I had NO ALLERGIES. The town was originally started as a sanitorium for those from back east with TB. The dry climate was seen as beneficial. It did wonders for me.
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:26 AM
 
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Default Personal Experience

I have had allergies all my life and about 15 years ago was diagnosed with Asthma. In Colorado Springs I was able to live symptom free for five years. It was the only place out of ten states that I had NO ALLERGIES. The town was originally started as a sanitorium for those from back east with TB. The dry climate was seen as beneficial. It did wonders for me.
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Old 10-15-2006, 07:50 AM
 
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I can only tell you our experience. I grew up in chicago, no allergies or asthma, very healthy. Then, we lived in South Florida for the past 5 years, no allergies or asthma. For the past 15 years I have run 3-5 miles everyday. We moved to Colorado last year and both my daughter and I have had terrible issues! Actually, I also want to add that 1 out of 14 people in Colorado have asthma(it's as high as Los Angeles!) This statistic is from the best medical center in colorado for asthma..National Jewish Medical Center. Colorado actually CAUSES asthma in many people.

I was given an inhaler to use if I exercised(which I do everyday), and so was my daughter(who is on a swim team). Also, we were told that we had Vasomotor Rhinitus(over sensitivity to a dry climate) which was affecting our upper airways.This is not something that you will eventually adjust to. I want to stress that the Dr. that made this diagnoses is rated the best Allergy and Asthma specialist in Denver, Co. He recommended keping our house at 40% humidity(nearly immpossible here), using nasonex(nasal steroid), astilin(prescription nasal steroid) daily saline nasal washes, and robutussin 3x's a day to thin nasal secretions. Ok, there is no way that 2 healthy people would ever take all of those medications on a regualr basis! However, the Dr. told us that many people take those here.

Also, everyone in our family has been sick with upper respitory colds on and off since we moved here. My children (8 and 10) were almost never sick before. I have spoken to other families who move here and their children also suffered the first year or 2 with lots of upper respitory issues and flu.

Anyhow, we are moving b/c I do not want to have to be on an inhaler and all of the other medication listed to live here. Especially since I never had any issues before.

Good luck in your decision.
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Old 10-15-2006, 07:50 AM
 
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I can only tell you our experience. I grew up in chicago, no allergies or asthma, very healthy. Then, we lived in South Florida for the past 5 years, no allergies or asthma. For the past 15 years I have run 3-5 miles everyday. We moved to Colorado last year and both my daughter and I have had terrible issues! Actually, I also want to add that 1 out of 14 people in Colorado have asthma(it's as high as Los Angeles!) This statistic is from the best medical center in colorado for asthma..National Jewish Medical Center. Colorado actually CAUSES asthma in many people.

I was given an inhaler to use if I exercised(which I do everyday), and so was my daughter(who is on a swim team). Also, we were told that we had Vasomotor Rhinitus(over sensitivity to a dry climate) which was affecting our upper airways.This is not something that you will eventually adjust to. I want to stress that the Dr. that made this diagnoses is rated the best Allergy and Asthma specialist in Denver, Co. He recommended keping our house at 40% humidity(nearly immpossible here), using nasonex(nasal steroid), astilin(prescription nasal steroid) daily saline nasal washes, and robutussin 3x's a day to thin nasal secretions. Ok, there is no way that 2 healthy people would ever take all of those medications on a regualr basis! However, the Dr. told us that many people take those here.

Also, everyone in our family has been sick with upper respitory colds on and off since we moved here. My children (8 and 10) were almost never sick before. I have spoken to other families who move here and their children also suffered the first year or 2 with lots of upper respitory issues and flu.

Anyhow, we are moving b/c I do not want to have to be on an inhaler and all of the other medication listed to live here. Especially since I never had any issues before.

Good luck in your decision.
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