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Old 11-20-2009, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Spokane, WA
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I don't think I can say that I like the low humidity here. Southern CA's and some other places' air feel more normal to me. The tricky thing is, after you're here for awhile and go somewhere even slightly more humid, you notice it right away.

I really don't like having the shriveled up hands. Outside of that I don't notice it much.
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:08 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I moved from the East Coast to Santa Fe (a long time ago) and remember inhaling water for about four weeks and then things got normal. I think one's body mechanisms for processing humidity/air change. I've never heard of someone who didn't change, although there are some people who never prefer the dry air. Me, I feel like I'm drinking champagne to breathe dry air. I mean, the shady side of my house here on the East Coast is mildewed from the disgusting summer we had.
Indeed.
No matter how you feel about the aridity, age can make a difference.

I've posted here before of moving to Denver from Long Island as a teen.
I had nosebleeds for a year, then adjusted. I was fine, though I always had dryish skin. I just used lotion, etc.

As we age, our skin's ability to replenish itself dwindles.
My last few years in Denver, I was in my late 40's and turned 50.
Every winter I had terrible eczema, and my poor hands and feet were chapped into bloody tatters.

Other than the occasional furnace-like summer, I never actively disliked the dryness as much as I detested what it did to my body.
Like David, I would notice the humidity elsewhere, it was like a refreshing blanket, but of course it can be too much as brightdoglover says.

Now I've got the opposite situation! (But the eczema is gone for good.)
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I've lived in Colorado now for 33 years, and have adapted to the low humidity well. I keep a stick of Chapstick in my pocket at all times and we have a room humidifier that will pump about 2 gallons of water per day into the air for the winter months. When I get really dry, a bit of Curel body lotion does the trick.

If you prefer a warm humid environment, Colorado is not for you. Try Honolulu.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Spokane, WA
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Indeed.
No matter how you feel about the aridity, age can make a difference.

I've posted here before of moving to Denver from Long Island as a teen.
I had nosebleeds for a year, then adjusted. I was fine, though I always had dryish skin. I just used lotion, etc.

As we age, our skin's ability to replenish itself dwindles.
My last few years in Denver, I was in my late 40's and turned 50.
Every winter I had terrible eczema, and my poor hands and feet were chapped into bloody tatters.

Other than the occasional furnace-like summer, I never actively disliked the dryness as much as I detested what it did to my body.
Like David, I would notice the humidity elsewhere, it was like a refreshing blanket, but of course it can be too much as brightdoglover says.

Now I've got the opposite situation! (But the eczema is gone for good.)
The oddest thing I've noticed is that I have never had a nose-bleed here. I got them with semi-regularity growing up in CA/WA. Watch me get one now that I've said that.

I get skin rashes too (don't know if I could call them eczema), they've been really bad since I've been back to CO the past two months, and are just now starting to subside. Is there something about the air that could be causing them?

All I know is that one's body isn't going to 100% like where it lives. Which sucks.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:47 AM
 
Location: on an island
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The oddest thing I've noticed is that I have never had a nose-bleed here. I got them with semi-regularity growing up in CA/WA. Watch me get one now that I've said that.

I get skin rashes too (don't know if I could call them eczema), they've been really bad since I've been back to CO the past two months, and are just now starting to subside. Is there something about the air that could be causing them?

All I know is that one's body isn't going to 100% like where it lives. Which sucks.
So true. I never had allergies in Denver, and now I get cedar fever.
OTOH, my husband had terrible allergies in Denver, but he's fine here.
David, the dryness might give you those rashes, but maybe that is an allergy. It's hard to know for sure, but maybe a doc could figure it out.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Spokane, WA
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So true. I never had allergies in Denver, and now I get cedar fever.
OTOH, my husband had terrible allergies in Denver, but he's fine here.
David, the dryness might give you those rashes, but maybe that is an allergy. It's hard to know for sure, but maybe a doc could figure it out.
Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:33 AM
 
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My skin is very dry, falking, red in certain areas but i try to manage it with lots of lotions, lip balm and a humidifer and it does ok
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:48 AM
 
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bostontopueblo wrote:
My skin is very dry, falking, red in certain areas but i try to manage it with lots of lotions, lip balm and a humidifer and it does ok
I never before encountered the word falking so I googled it and found the following definition.
falking
verb:

1. To spend an undefined - but inordinate - amount of time going through the links, interests, friends, relationships, photos, profile, etc. of a person on facebook.

2. To Stalk via Facebook

*Please note, falking has neither a negative or positive connotation and it has no reflection on the sanity of the person engaged in the act.
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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you know very well i meant flaking...

also i did not know falking was a word so i guess we learn something new here
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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bostontopueblo wrote:
you know very well i meant flaking...
I thought that was what you probably meant, but one can never be sure. It would have been an assumption at best. I based my comments on what you actually wrote. Anyway, I'm just joking with you.
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