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Old 11-18-2009, 09:37 PM
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Or do you just get used to it and learn to cope better?
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:16 PM
Location: Western Colorado
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I've been here about 6 weeks now, moved from humid Arkansas to western Colorado with no humidity. The first week or so I thought I was going to dry up and blow away. I drink gallons of water a day, always have a bottle of water with me, and chapstick is also my friend. I love love love the dry air. Love it. My bronchitis is gone. Every fall I would get a horrible sinus infection, this year none. So you get used to it.
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:56 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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You adapt. Some days are more humid than others. It's the first thing I notice when I go somewhere else, besides Reno/Tahoe.
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:23 AM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I think it's different from one person to the next. I grew up in this part of the country - spent most of my life here - and I feel like my body has always been very well adapted to it.
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:59 AM
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I had no trouble adapting to the dry climate. Before moving to Colorado, I spent 16 years in the very humid climate of Virginia Beach, and I'm glad to be out of that sweat box. The only adjustment that I'm aware of is that I use more lip balm, and I drink water more frequently.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:01 AM
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I believe it does, although, like 80's band says, it varies per individual. Winters definitely feel drier than summer, but in either case, the worst of your symptoms should pass within a month or two.
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:45 PM
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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.
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:16 PM
Location: Colorado Plateau
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I grew up on the coast of Massachusetts and moved out west in the mid-1990s. I had no problem adapting to the drier climate. I love it! I do not like humidity at all any more. The drier the better.
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:21 PM
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My biggest concern is the winter, especially for my sinuses. I know I can get a humidifier but I'm hoping that's enough.
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:40 PM
Location: Colorado Springs
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EscapeCalifornia - even natives have sinus troubles when it gets super dry in the winter. I keep humidifiers going 24/7 in the house at about 40% or higher humidity. Since I had to downsize from an open plan (vaulted ceilings) house of 1400 sq ft to 8' ceiling at 855 sq ft it's much easier to maintain...it would only get up to about 33% in the house.

Anyhow, my sinuses are so much better this year than last because of the increase in humidity. I also sleep better since my nose isn't troubling me as much.

I hydrate my skin all the time. For the ladies I recommend Jergen's Ultra Healing, for the guys I recommend Curel Ultra Healing since Curel's version has an orangy, but light, scent while Jergen's has the Original Jergen's scent though a tad lighter...Jergen's is far better in my opinion it's just not manly enough since they both are scented (I wish they'd change both to unscented). Keep a tube of lotion with you at all times (probably not good to leave in a car if it's cold) so your hands don't crack. Overcome the feminine thought process of applying lotion guys, cracking and bleeding hands suck.

If you find your nose is getting dried and cracked inside creating other problems, get a basic saline spray from the pharmacy and keep that with you in your daily travels. If you find you will be out in bitter wind, smear a bit of Vaseline inside your nose to help maintain humidity - this is an old timer skier trick.

Hope the helps newcomers and old timers alike. We can get in the single digits for humidity levels (especially on the Front Range) and if nothing else, if you can maintain your home with constant humidity, at least part of your day will go better.
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