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Old 04-23-2008, 04:21 PM
Location: Road Warrior
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Originally Posted by kswen View Post
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.
It could be the dust, as you know you want to keep the humidity 30-50% indoors, the reason being too humid you get pollen/mold and too dry it get's dusty and pet dandur fly around. Since Colorado is very, very, very dry you can try a indoor humidifier, if you have hardwood floors that's great mop it up and if you have window screens clean and AC filters once in a while. Hope that helps for now.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:46 AM
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I have been a East coaster all my life and never ever experienced what I have been going thru since moving to Denver, CO..Last year a month into moving here my L ear started feeling soo much pressure and I was dizzy and light headed for 2 months along with sinus pressure. I took Allegra, Omnaris nasal spray and tons of antibiotics...Sudafed does not touch the pressure...

Lo and behold Sept rolls around again this year and I develop the symptoms AGAIN! This time I started going to an accupuncturist and otheopedist I cannot for the life of get rid of the ear pressure (now in both ears, mostly in Left) and the facial and upper neck pain d/t sinus pressure.

What allergens are ehre during this time of month that can set off these symptoms in me? I am tired of feeling like this and if I was back in the east coast at least with the humidity Id be able to blow my nose, living here however the mucous just stagnants and stays in the nasal membranes making them more irritated and inflammed, making it very difficult to blow anything out!...

FYI I was told to stay away from Neti Poy d/t it could push back the infection more and I was also dx with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction 1 month after moving here.

I am beginning to think that since I lived by water and humidity all my life it helped my sinuses, the drness here is too much!

The other DR I have been seeing also works along with an allergy specialist just because CO is dry doesnt mean it does not have mold issues...actually they have a major mold issue here, because the mold here is opportunistic.

Last edited by Mike from back east; 09-28-2011 at 02:08 PM.. Reason: Merged 2:1
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:31 AM
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I've been in Colorado Springs for 6 months, and thought my allergies were under control...HA! Now that it's winter time and the apartment is closed up and the heat kicks on, my eyes and nose run like they're scared for their lives. Allegra doesn't much help...I missed nearly a week of work because I "looked" sick (I didn't feel sick, but my nose was raw and eyes red and watery). Put a pan of water on the stove last night and that seemed to help some along with the Allegra, but could use any suggestions for relief!
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