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Old 08-05-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Sometimes allergies go away when you go somewhere else b/c it takes a while for a person to develop allergies in the new place. High elevation, dry air, etc used to be recommended for all lung problems. That is why there were so many TB sanitariums here in CO. Lutheran Medical Center (Hospital) in Wheat Ridge used to be a TB san, as did Mapleton Hospital (now part of Boulder Community Hospital) in Boulder.

I work in a pediatricians' office; we see many kids with allergies, and many whose parents have self-diagnosed them as allergic.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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my allergies get bad in Colorado, (sneezing, stuffy sinuses, itchy throat and eyes - not breathing problems) - not quite so bad when I'm in FL. Maybe the humidity keeps the pollen on the ground?
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Old 08-05-2007, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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We are always telling parents to humidify. It used to be thought that the dry air was good for the lungs, but now we know differently.
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:04 PM
 
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You can have allergies anywhere -- no one place is really better than another overall -- each place just has different allergens and different triggers. As pittnurse said, the reason why your husband got relief in Boston was not that Boston has fewer allergens, but just different ones. It's hard to say whether Boston would be better long-term, but it's very possible that within 2 years or so your husband would have developed sensitivities to the new allergens.

You can actually get tested at an allergy specialist to determine which triggers are setting him off, and then get shots to desensitize him to the triggers. If his allergies are severe, that's probably the best solution.
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:19 PM
 
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Several times when I visited southwest Colorado in the summer (from eastern Mass.) I had a complete attack of something- allergic to something that apparently isn't around in the East. Cottonwood? Tamarinsk? So did other guest at the guest ranch I went to, 7,000 feet up.
I found Tavis-D most helpful.
I do seem to have developed allergies since I moved out of Cambridge into a wooded area. Not sure what they are, but this summer, could be mold with this humidity.
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:40 PM
 
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I am sorry to read about your children's asthma conditions.
We have allergies in our family, but no asthma.
The months of May and April are the worst here, and the altitude conditions makes us more tired and groggy with the meds. than anywhere else we have lived.
What about Arizona? Hopefully she has other options.
But it is VERY dry here.

best wishes.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:11 AM
 
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I have seasonal allergies, and they certainly exist for me in Denver. You might get a break in your seasonal allergies for a season or two since you left all your old allergens behind, and your body has never been exposed to the new ones. (I usually don't have allergy sufferings on my brief visits to the east coast) However, for most allergy sufferers, your body will eventually become sensitive to the new allergens and you'll have your hay fever symptoms return. If the problems are really serious, they can be controlled with allergy shots. Mine aren't really at that level.

Also, I think it's a myth that dry climates have fewer allergies. That might be true if you lived in the middle of the Sahara desert or something where nothing grows, but here in Colorado we have lots and lots of plants with plenty of different kinds of pollens. If anything, dry climates tend to kick up dust which can transmit allergens. (Though it's a myth that you're "allergic" to the dust -- the dust just carries the allergens to your nose).

You just might do better here, but it's hard to predict. Even a visit won't really tell you much, unfortunately. If I were you, I would just go with the assumption that your hay fever allergies will end up being about the same.
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:51 PM
 
Location: on an island
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It really is hard to predict.
My husband never had allergies growing up in Illinois, but had a terrible time in Denver.
I never had allergies in Colorado, but have developed them here in Florida--and now my husband is fine!
And I agree that one visit will not tell you a thing. I was here for over a year before the allergies popped up.
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:58 PM
 
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My husband has horrible allergies here! I for one think the dry climate makes things worse for him but that's just my theory.
He always does better when we visit somewhere then as soon as we get home.....back to the sneezing, etc.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Thank you for the feedback..I'm going through a bad episode of hay fever here in Baltimore, so I guess I was hoping it might be better. I'm going to have to buy new furniture, so I'm trying to find allergy proof stuff.

Thanks again, I hope this thread will be helpful to others with allergies too.
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