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Old 09-02-2007, 03:30 PM
Location: Boulder
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re allergies -- if you have allergies, moving to a new place may help for at least a while. However, the allergic response is an internal immune system over-reaction and will probably eventually re-manifest itself by becoming hypersenstitive to something new sooner or later. I have asthma. I moved here from Chicago, and that worked for a while, but eventually my lungs found something else to be unhappy about <cough>
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:58 AM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Well, yes, of course we see people who come in for problems. But it is an incontovertible fact that there is less oxygen in the air here. And I said, it may cause a temporary improvement in symptoms. It also depends on what triggers your asthma. With allergies, if you move, you will not have problems for a while b/c you have not been sensitized to the allergens in your new area. But then they come back with a vengeance. And BTW, we see more asthma probs here than I did in Illinois or PA.
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:56 AM
Location: Avondale, AZ
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The altitude is about 5800 ft at the south end of town, and slopes up gradually to around 6500 ft at the north end.
Right on Bob.
The airfield at the Academy is 6572'. The Colorado Springs Airport is
6184'. Butts Airfield at Ft Carson is at 5838'. Our house in Monument is at 7500'.
There are allergies here. My wife gets hit when the wind blows. Everyone will react differently. We know ppl here with asthma that are fine. The air is cleaner in Monument and COS than Denver though.
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Old 10-22-2007, 12:24 PM
Location: Colo. Springs
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Smile Asthma & Allergies

I have problems with both, but my asthma is practically non existent here in comparison to when I lived in Montana (more humidity there). The climate here is a lot drier & that seems to make a big difference in my asthma. But I am also allergic to molds, which are higher in MT due to the higher humidity. When I moved here I went from using my inhaler 4-6 times a day, gradually down to once every 2-3 months. Which I attribute to the difference in climate & help from a chiropractor. Everytime I go back to MT I have to begin using my inhaler again within the first 24 hrs, & it usually stops within the first day of coming back to CO.

As far as my allergies go I do think they are better here. Although it's kind of hard to tell. When I visit MT I am on the family farm & around horses, hay, cats/dogs, etc. all of which I am allergic to. So it is always a relief to come back to CO & get away from all of that. I'm not sure how much different it would be if I was in MT, but in town & away from the farm. However I do still have occasional problems here in CO, mostly when the wind blows hard & gets everything all stirred up in the air. Goldenrod also seems to be a bad one for me, & it was EVERYWHERE this year after all the moisture we had this winter/spring.

If you know what you are allergic to you can sign up for free allergy alert emails at www dot pollen dot com. It gives you information on the days pollen count for your area & what the predominant pollens are for that day.

I hope this helps!

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Old 10-23-2007, 11:23 AM
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I have allergies and asthma too and am considering moving there. I would love to know how it might be. I'm living in the worst city in the nation for allergy sufferers so i figure anywhere i go will be an improvement. But how does the high altitude play into that? No ragweed is definitely a good thing for me.
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:46 AM
Location: Estes Park
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I do not have allergies or asthma, but when I moved here from FL, my lungs and sinuses loved the dry, clean air (mind you, I live outside of Denver though). In FL I lived at six feet above sea level, and moved to 7800 feet. It took a good month before I began to feel normal again, but it takes many up to three months. While adjusting to the altitude, you will feel tired and dehydrated. Try to take naps when you can and drink lots and lots of water. The thinner air may trigger some asthma attacks, but the air quality is so much better here than in Florida -- maybe her condition will improve.

As for adjusting to the cold, I think people really are over-dramatic about winters here. I used to live near Chicago, so I know what a truly nasty winter feels like! Even in the deepest cold and snow, it is usually sunny. The wind can be brutal at times, but the worst weather usually doesn't last for more than a week at a time. I think your kids will love Colorado -- I've never met a kid who doesn't LOVE the snow. The joy of snow days when school is cancelled is a joy no kid should go without.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:33 PM
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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Some people escape allergies here. Others get them here. I'm in the latter group. My Mom left her allergies behind in MN.

We bought a place up in Winter Park and that first year, several members of my family had nose bleeds. After we adjusted they went away and we almost never have them now.

The dry air and elevation is definately something that takes getting used to. Overall, I like it.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:27 AM
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I moved to Florida from Chicago in the 80's (as a teen) I had horrible allergies in Chicago, even sometimes in the winter as a kid...then in FL. they were alot more mild...Now I am 40 and I just moved to Colorado...No other allergy symptoms, except something here is making my eyes puffy, red and runny...???
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:41 PM
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I never had allergies in any season in New Jersey/Mass./New Mexico/Pennsylvania, and my growing-up household was several packs-a-day (mother and sister). The smoke bothered me, but no allergies or asthma stuff.
When I started spending a summer week most years in Ridgway, Colorado, there were times when I'd almost be felled by allergies (eyes burning) under some stands of trees.
Last August, I went to southern Utah and then Ridgway at the end of August. Had to pull over because I couldn't see to drive, especially in Utah, and then in Durango, less in Ridgway. The Salt Lake newspaper listed allergens called "chronopods" as being off the charts, but I've never been able to find out what they are. One Utah lady told me they might be trees with pods, not one kind of tree.
Triple Claritan did little, and Kanab, Utah, didn't have anything else in stock.
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:53 PM
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As an allergy sufferer, the best advice I can give to someone seriously considering relocation to Colorado (or anywhere else) is go to an allergy specialist familiar with the native and introduced trees, grasses, etc. in the area you are considering relocating to, and get tested for those allergens. Yes, the tests can cost hundreds of dollars, but it may save you years of misery if you move to an area that contains the very things you are allergic to. Molds and other humidity-loving allergens are usually less in arid climates, but plants native to Colorado can and do produce a lot of pollen. Dust can be problem, as can air pollutants in the urban areas. Unfortunately, the urban areas are full of introduced plants from all over the country, too. In ag areas, Colorado has quite a diversity of crops, along with the noxious weeds that often invade disturbed soil. Many rural Colorado counties have adopted versions of "the Code of the West" or "Right to Farm" ordinances or resolutions--meaning that agriculture was there first (before the subdivisions) and dust, etc. produced from those ag operations may not be subject to curtailment because of complaints of neighboring homeowners. (Larimer County's Resolution can be found here, as an example: Right To Farm Policy )

Allergy-free, Colorado is not. I should know--allergy shots and antihistamines have been part of my life in Colorado for seemingly forever . . .
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