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Old 02-27-2012, 09:03 AM
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I've lived in DC for the past four years and am thinking of relocating to Houston for graduate school.

I was wondering if anyone could compare the severity of allergy symptoms between DC and Houston. I've always been allergic to dust, mold, and pollen (trees and grass). Of all the places I've lived, DC has been the worst for my allergies, especially from April to June and early fall. (I grew up in southern Oregon and went to undergrad in Chicago.) Allergy shots, neti-pot, decongestants, and nasal steroid spray have helped but not eliminated my symptoms.

Short of actually living in Houston, I know there's no way of actually knowing how I'd react. I was hoping there would be someone to lend some insight into their experience. Please let me know if any additional information and clarification would be helpful. Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:09 AM
Location: Pearland, TX
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You'll die in Houston by comparison. There's more $hit floating around here than there is in a down pillow factory.

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:10 AM
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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It's horrible. The grass pollens will bring you to your knees.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:06 AM
Location: The Lone Star State
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Thinking most of TX could be difficult for you if you have that many problems. If Houston is bad Austin is even much worse, I know people who suffer for months, have to get allergy shots to survive, even a few who had to relo out of Austin because the problem had become so severe.

Have you been to the state before?
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:47 AM
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Thank you for the reply. I visited Houston for a couple of days in later October 2011 and didn't notice any problems. Besides that, I was in Amarillo for about three days three years ago (can't recall what that was like). I'm going to Houston this weekend for three days to check it out once more.

DC by far has been the worst for my allergies. My symptoms began in kindergarten, when I started school in an old dusty, moldy building. Took prescription meds through most of childhood, and in high school and college took them pretty intermittently. It wasn't until I got to DC that I had to begin taking allergy medication much more religiously. My shots and medications noticeably help, but some parts of the year still give me problems more than others.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:54 AM
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The air's terrible, but the pollen doesn't bother me. It's the pollution, including all the wonderful BMW, 18-wheeler, and bus diesel fumes. Think of a 4-million plus population, then toss in industry and low standards, and combine it all with humidity that loves to trap in all those particles. It's a lovely recipe, and the medical community appreciates it too. After all, business is good in Houston, right? (wink)
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:48 PM
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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I have no problems except for a couple weeks in early spring when the Live Oaks pollenate. Every so often in the fall I'll get a slightly itchy nose with ragweed and it gets worse if I'm down on unmolested creeks or bayous. Maybe it's because I grew up in this stuff and I've been densensitized. Or maybe it's genetic.

Anyway I've heard it said that Houston is worse than Austin and especially closer to the coast because there is always something blooming every month of the year. Down here the wild grass is going nuts right now.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:59 PM
Location: plano
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My allergies in Houston were the worst of any place Ive lived. Not a constant year around but lasted longer than elsewhere Ive lived. Cedar allergies are most irrigating to me of any which is worse in the hill country certain times of year. Houston has a great variety of pollen so most allergies will flare there unlike most places.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:00 PM
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It's bad. Just today, I realized the pollen is back in full swing. 2 hours and my car was more yellow than Big Bird.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:49 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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If you have allergies - you will have the same ones here. I lived here my entire life and developed allergies at about age 30. Allergies to all grasses, trees, molds, mildews, other environmental pollutants - if you can breathe it, I'm allergic to it.
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