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Old 09-18-2011, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Without going into great detail, we need to find a place where my dh can get some relief from his constant drainage, chronic cough, and sinus headaches. He has been to at least five specialists in various fields to rule out other causes, and it always comes back to the fact that he is perfectly healthy except for severe sinus problems. We know many people who have had surgery to try to alleviate the problem, and it hasn't worked for any of them.

What are some areas of the country where sinus sufferers can find long term relief? We lived in Phoenix for a short time a couple of years ago for a temporary job transfer, and that area is not an option. The air is dry, but there is a lot of pollution and congestion, and it seems to be getting more humid due to the vast number of swimming pools and nonindiginous plant species that people have introduced. I think we would have to find a less populated area that still has truly "pure" environmental conditions for sinus sufferers. Right now we live in the "sinus belt" of the Great Lakes/Upper Midwest region and he is completely miserable on a daily basis.

Any suggestions, information or personal experiences anyone can share would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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I have similar issues and have found Florida to be the best fit for me. Bear in mind no place is perfect but feel there's something about the heat/humidity and coastal breezes that help keep it in check. There is a cold snap in Florida (usually January-February) that lasts 4-6 weeks but we don't get the really low humidity that seems to bring on sinus problems. The coastal areas would be my recommendation in terms of focus areas, and would steer you toward the east coast versus the gulf coast which tends to be less breezy. In terms of better air quality focus on the central section northward, from roughly Vero Beach on up to Ponte Vedra Beach. Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Thanks for your reply. I hadn't considered Florida, because the humidity here seems to be the main problem for sinus sufferers and I know that Florida also has high humidity, but I hadn't considered the effect of being on the ocean and the difference that that would make.

I was thinking more along the lines of the Mountain West, places like New Mexico or Colorado, but I would be willing to try to get my dh to visit the FL coast to see if he gets any relief. We have only been to central FL, never on the coast, and he hates places like Orlando and Tavares, but I have heard that it is much, much better and quite different along the coast, so it's definitely something to think about.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: not new to houston anymore
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what about seeing an allergist and getting allergy shots?
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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what about seeing an allergist and getting allergy shots?
Unfortunately that only works for allergies, not sinusitis....
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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Thanks for your reply. I hadn't considered Florida, because the humidity here seems to be the main problem for sinus sufferers and I know that Florida also has high humidity, but I hadn't considered the effect of being on the ocean and the difference that that would make.

I was thinking more along the lines of the Mountain West, places like New Mexico or Colorado, but I would be willing to try to get my dh to visit the FL coast to see if he gets any relief. We have only been to central FL, never on the coast, and he hates places like Orlando and Tavares, but I have heard that it is much, much better and quite different along the coast, so it's definitely something to think about.

Thanks again.
Apparently there isn't a universal correlation to humidity and sinus issues. I've researched it extensively for my own sinus issues and found it varies per individual. If your DH suffers in the Southwest US it is most likely is due to the fact he cannot handle low humidity. I fall into that camp as well, while others are triggered by high humidity. Air quality also plays a part in it as pollutants trigger sinus issues as well. The east central coast of Florida is one of the areas of the country with the highest air quality, the area from Palm Coast south to Port St Lucie. Hope you get a chance to check it out, and good luck!

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Old 09-19-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Thanks, kyle19125. Yes, I wish it was as simple as taking allergy shots, but unfortunately, it is not allergies but just severe, chronic sinusitis combined with a touch of asthma. The problem in Phoenix wasn't necessarily the dry weather, because he was a lot better when we were in places like New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah and out in the middle of nowhere. The problem in Phoenix was the air quality and the faux humidity brought on by all the swimming pools and nonindiginous trees and other plants that people brought and watered constantly so that they could have a touch of back home in the desert. A doctor in Phoenix told us that it is a terrible place for sinus sufferers and asthmatics for just those reasons and that he sees a lot of patients who are miserable.

We are in the process of buying a condo in Myrtle Beach. I haven't noticed if my dh's symptoms get a lot better there, because we have only been there once in the last year, and then it was a pretty brief trip. Do you think that MB would be similar to the part of Florida that you're talking about? At least then we would own property there and he could get some relief, even if we couldn't move down full time yet.

I feel sorry for my dh, but I swear, sometimes this chronic cough brought on by sinus drainage in his throat just about drives me over the edge. I would give anything to see it clear up!
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:25 AM
 
Location: central fl
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I live i central Fl,very close to beach. I suffer with severe drainage,headaches.wish i knew a place to move to to get some relief.
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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I live i central Fl,very close to beach. I suffer with severe drainage,headaches.wish i knew a place to move to to get some relief.
You might actually be one of those who sees relief in low humidity areas. If you can swing it take a trip to the Desert Southwest or Rockies to see if you feel any relief there. Something else to consider is the fact you may have issues with Oak Tree pollen which is at horrific high levels in Central Florida right now. I grew up in South Florida (Hollywood) where that wasn't a problem but I do suffer tremendously in Central Florida where I live now. So perhaps the southern end on either coast could work for you too.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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I'm a chronic sufferer. I find that I do well near the water more so than the dry Rockies but still better than most places in the south and definitely better than the midwest. Washington, Oregon, and California I am in the best shape. I didn't do well near the Gulf in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.
Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and other midwestern states are bad for me. My chronic sinus issues has left me deaf in one ear due to the allergy problems I suffered in Texas. El Paso was actually ok, but DFW, I averaged multiple sinus infections yearly, 3 tumors removed, went through several allergist, and 4 specialist. Never got right and had to move before I ended up completely deaf. As for allergy shots, I have had 4 allergy tests, 1 blood, 2 skin and one (I forget what it's called) but they all turned up different results. Completely different. I feel your pain. I'm doing better in Utah these days, but still have days where they act up due to the inversion.
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