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Old 03-05-2016, 08:11 AM
 
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In addition to seasonal allergies, I'm allergic to mold, mildew, and dust mites. Nashville is terrible for my allergies and another reason I'm so interested in AZ is the dry desert climate. So could any Tucson residents tell me how living there affects your allergies?



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Old 03-05-2016, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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I sneeze a lot when I am there. Especially in spring.
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Old 03-05-2016, 03:39 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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I grew up in the Phoenix area and wasn't ever troubled by seasonal allergies. My wife grew up on a Midwestern wheat farm and wasn't bothered either. So when we lived in Tucson every March-June I would have a slight post-nasal drip and she'd have to pop Zertec like crazy. She had a ragweed, mesquite and palo verde allergies, and we lived in the Foothills. Some years were worse than others, especially after a wet January and February. (We have mesquite here in SW OK as well, and in a couple weeks she'll be semi-miserable.)


Try https://www.pollen.com/forecast/current/pollen/85701 for daily updates. There is an interactive map of the US on the home page, link on the right.
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Oro Valley, AZ
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I'm allergic to pretty much everything that grows/blooms so no matter where I live I'm going to have allergies. In the Midwest, fall was my worst season but here in AZ it is the spring (starting now). The timing has changed but not the severity.

And since moving here I have developed an allergy to avocados. :-(

My youngest son (16) had spring allergy problems in the Midwest (trees & mold) has had no allergy trouble here.
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Old 03-07-2016, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Depends on your allergies.
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:26 PM
 
Location: 38N 105W
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I've heard people say that either they never had allergies before moving to Tucson, or their allergies disappeared when they moved to Tucson. I think more people get them than don't, though.

No one in my family ever had allergies when we lived in the mountains of Colorado (over 40 years and the kids all grew up there), but when my son and I moved to Tucson after my husband died, it took a couple of years, but my son developed horrific allergies. He is so miserable from April - October, he needs allergy shots and eats Benadryl like candy as Zyrtec, Claritin, etc., don't make a dent in his allergies. I also get a runny nose and sneezing when I never had an allergy in my life.

The dust may be the culprit, I don't know, but it's really dusty in Tucson for most of the late Spring, Summer and Fall. Also, since Palo Verde and Mesquite are fairly regional, many people haven't developed resistance to them, so they could be an issue.
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:36 AM
 
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I get hay fever in the spring when I'm in Tucson. Ughh, my eyes are watering just thinking about it..
I've tried all kinds of medicine(probably should get the shots), but the only thing that seems to work for ME is Claritin.


Here is an article from 2015 about Tucson allergies...pretty informative...


It's a sneezing, wheezing season for allergy sufferers
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:21 AM
 
Location: SW US
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Mold can be a big problem in Tucson for those who are sensitive to it. Find out which molds are problematic for you and then find out, if you can, if they are present in the Tucson area. The spores blow around in the dust when it's windy.
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Old 03-09-2016, 01:16 PM
 
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I've heard people say that either they never had allergies before moving to Tucson, or their allergies disappeared when they moved to Tucson. I think more people get them than don't, though.
It's quite common for people who have allergies from plants and grasses when living in the Midwest or the East or the Northeast, come to Tucson or Arizona and they go away, because surprise, most of those plants or grasses they have allergies to, do not exist in the Sonoran Desert or there are very little of them there.

Having said that, since people can develop allergies throughout their entire life, from the time they are born to the time they die, I heard 7 years or so living in the desert people tend to develop some type of allergy from the plants and grasses there. Of course there is no steadfast rule and people could move to Tucson and spend 10, 20, 30+ years there and develop nothing or live there for 2 or 3 years and develop an allergy, it is one of those things that is highly personal and individual.
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Old 03-15-2016, 04:32 PM
 
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Several allergist doctors and ENT's have told me this....
No matter where you live or move to you'll more than likely get allergies. Your lifestyle, food and the vegetation around you determine your getting an allergy attack.
With air pollution and vegetation you may leave old allergies back home and gain new ones at your newest location. With food allergies they will follow you everywhere.
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