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Old 06-11-2006, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hey there- My son was diagnosed w/ asthma when he was two years old. We have lived in Colorado Springs all of his life. There are many different triggers of asthma. His is allergy related, so we treat his allergies and he does fine. If you have anymore questions, let me know I would be happy to answer them. BASHP
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Old 07-13-2006, 12:00 PM
 
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For me, Denver was the best place to be for asthma.

From birth to age 15 I lived in the mid-west--Missouri and Kansas--and I had miserable asthma problems in the spring every year. I used to have to be rushed once or twice a week during springtime to the ER for asthma attacks. I had a permanent doctor's order to be excused from P.E. classes in school every spring because of this. All I had to do was run up a flight of stairs too fast and I would be in serious trouble. My family moved to Denver when I was 16 and I can say that the entire 11 years I lived in Colorado I never once had asthma of any kind, ever. Not sure if it was the altitude, the thinner air, or the relative lack of pollen-producing trees in the immediate vicinity or a combination of all the above, but I never enjoyed a spring until I lived in Colorado.

When I moved to Florida 18 years ago, the asthma started up again, in the springtime, but nowhere near as bad as when I was a kid. Clearly, at least for me, Colorado was wonderful for my asthma. Maybe it will be for your child.

On the other hand, my Dad, who never had allergies or asthma in his life, developed them while living in Denver. I guess everyone is different....
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Old 09-04-2006, 05:15 PM
 
Location: TX
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Default Allergies in Co?

Are pollen allergies a big problem in CS? Any in particular? In Central/North Texas many people suffer from "Cedar Fever" during the winter months from Mountain Cedar tree pollen and it can be quite brutal.
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Old 09-04-2006, 09:17 PM
 
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I live in Northern COlorado and am only bothered by outside allergies, e.g., pollen from trees, flowers, weeds, from May - September.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:48 AM
 
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Question Allergies in Co?

Hi All,

Four out of five of our family members have asthma and allergies. I was wondering what if any effect Colorado's fours seasons, weather and/or elevation might have.

Is there a worse allergy season there, etc? Can anyone share their experience in this area? What are the do's and don't there, etc? I have an appointment coming up with one of the children's doctors and plan to ask them about it too. Any pointed questions I should ask them as well?

Two of us have allergies that induce asthma, one has exersize induced asthma and the last one has a combination of both (poor thing). Please help! Thank you kindly.
Kali
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:26 PM
 
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Kali -

I empathize greatly with your family situation. It must be very difficult to see particularly small ones with allergies/asthma or any chronic challenge, for that matter. As someone with allergy/exercise induced asthma (even hard laughing sets it off) & ragweed/animal allergies, I'm very interested also in whatever info anyone can furnish for those of us just sometimes trying to catch a breath.

I found this article of the worst 100 places in the US for asthma, which I'll link below. Should you not be able to access it, please PM/email me & I'd be happy to send it directly, if you can't find it on "aafa dot org". The biggest complaint in the comments Re: the article, was that no one can find an article entitled the "Best 100 Places for Asthma/Allergies", but we should all keep searching, as there must be something out there.

The oddest thing is how we all differ so greatly. Interesting that the place I was born in PA is listed as the #1 worst & I don't have asthma/allergies there AT ALL - never did. Also, Atlanta is #4 & Seattle is #54 & I had no problems in either place. But, Boston which is #70 on the list is the absolute worst place for attacks for me. Due to the severity of the breathing problems I've had recently, this is the first time I've ever delayed moving until I can find a place where I can be assured I'll easily breathe. I don't want this to be a complaining post, but just to state that there are many of us out here with similar issues as you/your family so perhaps we can all info share thus helping each other.

I also find it odd that several desert/arid climate places are on the bad list, like Vegas or CO Springs/Denver. Years ago, people used to move to those climates TO breathe. So, perhaps it's a comment on the industrialization of many US towns (I do live 1-mi from the Big Dig!) & also, it would help to know statistics details - how many chain smokers are included in that particular study, for example? Or how many who've never exercised or have food allergies, thus exacerbating symptoms?

I'd like to share 2 last things, if you don't mind.

1. Firstly, my dr said this is the first year he's seeing patients (he's worked all over the world), some in their 70's/80's, who are suffering from allergies/asthma for the first time in their lives. He indicated that 50% of the patients he's currently seeing are for allergies/asthma, MANY first timers & some so severe (with accompanying headache/nausea/vomiting/dizziness/fever), they must be escourted into his office! Sounds like flu symptoms, no, but he assured me they're suffering severe allergies, often times triggering asthma attacks. I don't know if that's a US problem, a local New England problem, a MA problem or a Boston problem.

2. Secondly, I'd like to share something that worked greatly for me in the past. I suffered until I was 23, then had accupuncture for 6-wks after which my allergies disappeared. I began chiropractic care at the same time & within 6-mos, my asthma completely disappeared & I could stop the 3 different asthma meds I was taking daily (Theodur, Ventolin & Proventil). Neither asthma or allergies returned until I moved back to Boston 20-yrs later.

So, thank you for your post as this is a reminder to me that I should return to my holistic dr's for some care. I hadn't thought about it before you posted, so cheers for that. Also, I do live in a big city where these are easy-to-find, albeit very expensive options & not insurance covered. I know some others live in smaller towns, so perhaps holistics aren't available. I also realize everyone's body is vastly different, what works for 1 will not help another & also, perhaps I just lucked out & found great practitioners 20-yrs ago. But, I still wanted to share in the event it helps just one of us out there.

Hope your family is feeling better soon. I'd also like to say the same to all those out there who are having a challenging asthma/allergy season & to encourage everyone to share even the smallest info they have in Re: to allergy/asthma control. I, for one, would be most grateful!

Here's to the first frost... Baltic_Celt

Here's the article:
http://aafa.org/pdfs/FinalPublicList_AC_2006.pdf
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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
 
Location: on an island
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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 10-09-2006, 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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