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Old 05-03-2008, 11:39 PM
 
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"The worst pollinators that affect me the most in San Antonio are of course the ever-so-beloved Mountain Cedar (also the only winter pollinator in the planet), Oak, and Ragweed. Sadly, these three pollen seasons nearly overlap eachother!"
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I see quite a few folks here on the boards that transplanted from Northern California to San Antonio. Some of those folks who are familiar with the area know that Sacramento is the allergy capital of the world. ha ha
Anyhow, not knowing what I am allergic to, how do folks in San Antonio do with seasonal allergies?
Are they non-existent or somewhat mild because it rains throughout the year?
Thanks!
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"Dan...
IF you are not (and do not develop) an allergy to Juniper/Cedar/Mold, you should be fine."
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I have allegies and I'm trying to figure out whether I would be less bothered by them in SA in comparison to Springfield, IL, where I live now. I found those couple of posts (above) in this forum and I'm looking for other helpful info or personal experiences.

The current pollen count is twice as high in central IL. in comparison to SA, but for some reason SA is on most allergy lists and Springfield IL. isn't.
http://www.pollen.com/forecast.asp


"Significant allergens" in central IL.

Spring:

Trees


Hickory (Carya)Maple (Acer)Mulberry (Morus)Oak (Quercus)Walnut (Ju*****)
Grass


Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Fescue (Festuca)Koeler's Grass (Koeleria)Orchard Grass (Dactylis) (broken link)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Timothy (Phleum)



Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Burr-Ragweed, Ragweed (Ambrosia) (broken link)Fescue (Festuca)Hickory (Carya)Koeler's Grass (Koeleria)Maple (Acer)Mulberry (Morus)Oak (Quercus)Orache, Saltbush (Atriplex) (broken link)Orchard Grass (Dactylis) (broken link)Pellitory (Parietaria)Poison-Ivy, Poison-Oak, Poison-Sumac (Toxicodendron) (broken link)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Smotherweed (Bassia)Timothy (Phleum)Walnut (Ju*****)


Summer:

Trees


Maple (Acer)Mulberry (Morus)Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)Walnut (Ju*****)
Grass


Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Fescue (Festuca)Koeler's Grass (Koeleria)Orchard Grass (Dactylis) (broken link)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Timothy (Phleum)

Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Burr-Ragweed, Ragweed (Ambrosia) (broken link)Fescue (Festuca)Koeler's Grass (Koeleria)Maple (Acer)Marsh-Elder (Iva)Mulberry (Morus)Orache, Saltbush (Atriplex) (broken link)Orchard Grass (Dactylis) (broken link)Pellitory (Parietaria)Poison-Ivy, Poison-Oak, Poison-Sumac (Toxicodendron) (broken link)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)Smotherweed (Bassia)Timothy (Phleum)Walnut (Ju*****)


Fall:

Trees


Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)
Grass


Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Fescue (Festuca)Koeler's Grass (Koeleria)Orchard Grass (Dactylis) (broken link)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Timothy (Phleum)


Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Burr-Ragweed, Ragweed (Ambrosia) (broken link)Fescue (Festuca)Koeler's Grass (Koeleria)Marsh-Elder (Iva)Orache, Saltbush (Atriplex) (broken link)Orchard Grass (Dactylis) (broken link)Pellitory (Parietaria)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)Smotherweed (Bassia)Timothy (Phleum)


Winter:

Trees


Maple (Acer)Mulberry (Morus)
Grass


Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)


Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Burr-Ragweed, Ragweed (Ambrosia) (broken link)Maple (Acer)Mulberry (Morus)Pellitory (Parietaria)



"Significant allergens" in SA.


Spring:

Trees


Hickory (Carya)Maple (Acer)Oak (Quercus)
Grass


Bent (Agrostis)Bermuda Grass, Dog's-Tooth Grass (Cynodon) (broken link)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)


Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Bent (Agrostis)Bermuda Grass, Dog's-Tooth Grass (Cynodon) (broken link)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Burr-Ragweed, Ragweed (Ambrosia) (broken link)Hickory (Carya)Maple (Acer)Oak (Quercus)Pellitory (Parietaria)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)


Summer:


Trees


Privet (Ligustrum)Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)
Grass


Bent (Agrostis)Bermuda Grass, Dog's-Tooth Grass (Cynodon) (broken link)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)

Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Bent (Agrostis)Bermuda Grass, Dog's-Tooth Grass (Cynodon) (broken link)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Brome (Bromus)Burr-Ragweed, Ragweed (Ambrosia) (broken link)Marsh-Elder (Iva)Pellitory (Parietaria)Privet (Ligustrum)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)


Fall:

Trees


Privet (Ligustrum)Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)
Grass


Bermuda Grass, Dog's-Tooth Grass (Cynodon) (broken link)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)

Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Bermuda Grass, Dog's-Tooth Grass (Cynodon) (broken link)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Burr-Ragweed, Ragweed (Ambrosia) (broken link)Marsh-Elder (Iva)Pellitory (Parietaria)Privet (Ligustrum)Rye Grass (Lolium) (broken link)Sagebrush, Wormwood (Artemisia) (broken link)


Winter:

Trees


Maple (Acer)
Grass


Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)

Weeds


Amaranth, Pigweed, Tumbleweed (Amaranthus) (broken link)Bent (Agrostis)Blue Grass (Poa) (broken link)Maple (Acer)Pellitory (Parietaria)


My allergies grouped 2-4, 4 being most allergic.

group 4:
cocklebur
ragweed
sagebrush
sycamore
bluegrass
corncult
histamine
oak
hickory

group 3:
alternaria
rhizopus
docksorrel
hops
bermuda
timothy
tobacco
mosquito
birch

group 2:
helminthosporium
pullularia
wheat smut
corn smut
aspergillus
lambsquarter
pigweed
marshelder
johnson
canary


In SA, at least I'd get to miss out on ragweed in the winter compared to year round in central IL. In SA I'd also get to miss out on timothy (weed and grass) year round. The rest of the comparisons seem the same in both states, unfortunately. Well, at least I'm not allergic to Redcedar.
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:46 PM
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Ragweed and mountain cedar can be pretty bad here. My oldest son is allergic to both, and he gets pretty miserable during the winter months.
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:32 AM
 
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This year has been ESPECIALLY bad for those of us that suffer allergies...my Dr said that she has been treating folks here for 20+ years that have NEVER been in to see her before this year...everyone seems to think it was the rain that we received all summer of 07 that pushed these levels as high as they have been this year.

If that is so, we are good to go with this drought for the '09 allergy season!
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If you are highly allergic, get an allergy doctor who will put you on shots. It's a pain to go get the shots 2x/week until you get on maintenance, but IMO it is so worth the effort. I've had very few symptoms from the bad season these past few months. Without shots, my allergy levels are at the top of the charts. Now, the only day I take antihistamines is the day I get the shots.
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Old 05-04-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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My girlfriend will be doing shots after we move over there (three weeks away!). I'm allergic to nothing, but something was driving her nuts during our visit to TX. Glad to hear they're good for something and I hope it's covered under insurance somehow.
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Old 05-04-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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If you are highly allergic, get an allergy doctor who will put you on shots. It's a pain to go get the shots 2x/week until you get on maintenance, but IMO it is so worth the effort. I've had very few symptoms from the bad season these past few months. Without shots, my allergy levels are at the top of the charts. Now, the only day I take antihistamines is the day I get the shots.

hey bowie, i'm already on the allergy shots here in IL. I have a few more shots before I start the once every 15 days mainenance shot. How long does it usually take for these shots to start making a difference and how did it take for yours?
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:16 PM
 
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hey bowie, i'm already on the allergy shots here in IL. I have a few more shots before I start the once every 15 days mainenance shot. How long does it usually take for these shots to start making a difference and how did it take for yours?

I messaged you a little while ago about my daughter's sinus surgery. If you are that close to maintenance, you should already be seeing some improvement. I will say, the way we are doing it, maintenance is a once a month shot schedule. So every 15 days doesn't really sound like maintenance to me.

Did you see an allergy specialist or an ENT? Did you get skin tested or have the blood test only?

I was told that it takes at least a year to become sensitized to something once you move here. For example, cedar is not an issue, as far as I know, where we moved from. My daughter isn't allergic to it right now. But after being exposed to it a couple of seasons, she may become sensitized to it. In that case she will have to be retested and have new vaccines mixed for her shots.
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:16 AM
 
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Default Thanks a lot for the DM/info.

Wow, that reply you sent me via DM should be really helpful to me in the future and througout life. Thanks! I'm going to print it and take it to my Dr. to see if he can get me more help with my problem, since I very rarely ever get a break from sinus infections these days. Do you mind if I copy and paste that message to this thread in case anyone else is looking for help with constant sinus infectoins?

Anyway, to answer your questions, I'm seeing an allergy specialist, I think. I don't even know what an ENT is . I'm doing a shot at least once every ten days, which will be ending soon. Next, if I'm not mistaken, I'll start having one shot every 15 days for a long period of time, which will eventually lead to one shot every month or so. Oh, and yes, I had the skin testing. I don't remember if my blood was checked, but I'm guessing the skin testing is what matters most.

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I messaged you a little while ago about my daughter's sinus surgery. If you are that close to maintenance, you should already be seeing some improvement. I will say, the way we are doing it, maintenance is a once a month shot schedule. So every 15 days doesn't really sound like maintenance to me.

Did you see an allergy specialist or an ENT? Did you get skin tested or have the blood test only?

I was told that it takes at least a year to become sensitized to something once you move here. For example, cedar is not an issue, as far as I know, where we moved from. My daughter isn't allergic to it right now. But after being exposed to it a couple of seasons, she may become sensitized to it. In that case she will have to be retested and have new vaccines mixed for her shots.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:01 AM
 
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Default Allergies - sort of thread hi-jack (local honey & allergies)

Hi all, okay I know this probably would not have a hope of working for those with super serious allergies ...
A couple years ago my aunt told me to have a spoonfull of LOCALLY produced honey every day to help with allergies I'd been having where I live now (in the Pine Barrons of NJ). It really seemed to help a LOT after a few weeks.
Have any of you heard of this or tried it in SA?
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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Do you mind if I copy and paste that message to this thread in case anyone else is looking for help with constant sinus infectoins?
I don't mind at all. I'm glad I was some help.

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Anyway, to answer your questions, I'm seeing an allergy specialist, I think. I don't even know what an ENT is . I'm doing a shot at least once every ten days, which will be ending soon. Next, if I'm not mistaken, I'll start having one shot every 15 days for a long period of time, which will eventually lead to one shot every month or so. Oh, and yes, I had the skin testing. I don't remember if my blood was checked, but I'm guessing the skin testing is what matters most.
An ENT is an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Otolaryngologist is the technical term, but I don't like trying to pronounce it.!

The skin testing is more accurate than the blood test. Sounds like you are on the right track. I hope you can find some relief soon. Good luck.
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