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Old 04-07-2008, 10:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Hi everyone. DH and I moved with kids to SA almost 2 years ago from Va. Both of our daughter's asthma has become markedly worse since moving to SA. In Va, they only really needed treatment/rescue meds if they had a bad chest cold. They were on daily preventative nasal allergy meds, but thats all. But our youngest has developed severe asthma since moving here, and over the last 2 years has missed a ton of school, and is on heaps of medications, none of which completely help. The oldest has occasional asthma flare ups, and both have to have asthma meds at school and on hand at all times. This past fall/winter was really scary for our youngest especially. Our girls are 14 and 16, so I don't know if this is something they will grow out of, ya know? I am worried that maybe we have made a mistake moving here, or that we will have to move because they may get worse. We lived in Dallas years ago without problems, but in Tulsa, Oklahoma we all had some allergies. Anyone have experience with this, or heard of people having this much problem here? Thank you- take care.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:09 AM
 
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Sorry to hear that, you may want to try a different doctor or specialist. My daughter (9yrs old) has asthma and for a time, it was bad, until the specialist we went to suggested removing her tonsils and adnoids. She is 100% better.. She also takes maintenance meds, but has not had any flare ups. Sometimes a different opinion helps. My cousin's son had the same thing, always in the emergency room etc,he switched docs and they got him on a plan that worked and no more frequent episodes. Hope it helps, just my suggestion.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:18 AM
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San Antonio is the #2 worst place to live in the US if you have allergies (http://www.mysanantonio.com/salife/health/stories/MYSA112007.01A.allergyhell.29d598e.html - broken link), according to an industry group ranking released in 2007. (Austin is #1) There is a long thread here discussing members' personal experiences with and remedies for allergies.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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thanks for the thread bowie
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:17 PM
 
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Our allergies are worse since moving here in Nov. I have been on shots for years but my allergist is wanting to retest me once I have been through all of the seasons-cedar is crazy! My daughter has had to go on inhaled steroids, Singulair, Claritin, Flonase, etc. The plan is to see how well she is breathing a month from now. She has never been on this much medication but I have great faith in our doctor-she has had severe allergy/asthma/sinus trouble since she was a child. We're renting now but as soon as we buy a house I think we need to think about whole-house air cleaners.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:15 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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Welcome to San Antonio. If you don't have any allergies or asthma, all I can say is wait. They're comin'. I've had pneumonia three times since I've lived here.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:22 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My family and I have had similar issues since moving here in August, 2007. I can only say that the body will adjust. I have asthma, and have noticed an uptick in the symptoms. There are a lot of foreign particles in the air (mountain cedar, live oak, dust, etc.) that irritate the living daylights out of my sinuses and airways.

The best advice I can give you is to use a humidifier in your son's room. The moisture will help his breathing, and the machine will act as a filter by trapping the particles from the air in his room in the filter/water.

--Dim
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:39 AM
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Maybe your children are exposed to something at the school. Is it dusty, moldy, does it have an unclean ventilation system, etc? Check your house as well.
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I wonder if anyone has any info about San Antonio's air pollution in comparison with the rest of the country?
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Old 04-10-2008, 09:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX (78201)
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San Antonio is the #2 worst place to live in the US if you have allergies (http://www.mysanantonio.com/salife/health/stories/MYSA112007.01A.allergyhell.29d598e.html - broken link), according to an industry group ranking released in 2007. (Austin is #1) There is a long thread here discussing members' personal experiences with and remedies for allergies.

That's exactly right.
And let me tell you something- I didn't even develop athsma till a few years after I moved here (I was about 11), and I found out a few years after that -by taking an allergy test- that I was severely alergic to Oak Tree and Pecan Tree pollen......
this entire area is covered with those trees, especially oak trees

What's even more interesting is that, in all the other times of the year (when there isn't all of this pollen in the air), I'm perfectly fine.

You might want to look into allergy tests, I know that it helped me out alot. That way you know exactly what you are allergic to, and you can take the proper medication at the proper time of year, just before the bad allergy season, to prevent or at least reduce the severity of your/ your kids allergy and athsma outbreaks.
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