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Old 04-20-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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Hi there

I live near Corpus Christi about a mile in from the water. Most times of the year my allergies are bearable with lots of allergy meds. We are thinking of eventually moving to Austin and I am wondering how people do there who have bad allergies. Yes I am basically allergic to everything and wonder if moving inland would make them worse or better. My allergist doesn't have a good/bad answer just everyone reacts differently.

So that's why I am asking how people do there. Thanks for any help anyone can give.

Kerry
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:49 PM
 
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well, I come from Washington State and am allergic to everything in the air--- trees, grass, mold..... just about everything. I was getting 5 shots each week, sometimes 2x a week plus takiing all kinds of meds and nasal sprays without any relief-- just lots of dr. bills.... well, my husband's grandfather passed away and my schedule got all messed up and I haven't been to the allergist since January and I have the same symptoms so all those shots and meds were doing zip for me.

Anyhow, I missed Cedar Fever down here and my symptoms are about the same to less than in WA. I plan on getting to the allergist soon and hopefully I will have better results down here than I did in WA.

And my allergist basically had the same answer for me as yours did--- no help

PS-- My husband does not have allergies and he had (we think so anyhow) a terrible reaction to all the cedar for about a week. Benadryl helped him out a bit but he complained of feeling *off* while on it.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I moved from Houston, where my allergies just about knocked me flat, especially in the summer. We moved to Colorado for several years, and live in Hutto now. My allergies aren't as bad as they were when I lived in Houston, but Cedar does make me feel like I have a cold for about a week. All of my Doctors put me on essentially the same meds for them wherever I was at.
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Old 04-21-2007, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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What is cedar fever? I have bad seasonal allergies. My allergist told me they would worsen if I moved to Texas. I don't care...still moving!
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I think it's just a bad reaction to the cedar pollen. If you get it, you can have flu like symptoms. All I can say is just medicate. I've ususally had bad allergies, but never gotten "cedar fever".
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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All that I have heard here is about how bad Austin is for those with allergies.

That being said, while I do have seasonal and environmental allergies, I have not experienced anything that either claritin or sudephed hasn't helped... I didn't have any problems during the whole cedar fever timeperiod/mania.
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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Sorry about the long post, but I researched and found this, dated last year. While Austin does not appear on the short list, it does appear on the long list. It does fall much higher on the list than Pittsburgh, so I assume I would have problems there...but as Loves roses advises, I will just MEDICATE!


Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

Southeastern Cities Hardest Hit; Lexington, Ky., Ranked No. 1

As spring blossoms, so do allergies, especially in Southeastern cities.

This year, spring allergies have been worst in Lexington, Ky., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's annual ranking.

Here is the AAFA's list of the 10 worst U.S. cities for spring allergies:

1. Lexington, Ky. (last year: 16)
2. Little Rock, Ark. (last year: 8)
3. Chattanooga, Tenn. (last year: 14)
4. Louisville, Ky. (last year: 3)
5. Johnson City, Tenn. (last year: 26)
6. Greenville, S.C. (last year: 19)
7. Richmond, Va. (last year: 63)
8. Charlotte, N.C. (last year: 4)
9. Jackson, Miss. (last year: 12)
10. St. Louis (last year: 5)


Rankings are based on annual pollen scores, allergy medicine use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient, says the AAFA.

Ground Zero: Southeastern U.S.

There were no big, new trends in the rankings, says AAFA spokeswoman Angel Waldron. The leading cities for spring allergies are still mostly in the southeastern U.S., she tells WebMD.

Atlanta, the top-ranked spring allergy city in 2004, fell to 20th place, says the AAFA. The complete list can be found at the end of this story.

Tips for Avoiding Allergy Trouble

Stay inside during peak pollen times, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Keep your car windows closed when traveling.
Stay indoors when humidity is high and on days with high wind, when dust and pollen are more likely to be in the air.
Wear a face mask when outside to limit pollen inhalation.
Shower after spending time outside to wash away pollen that collects on your skin and hair.
Full List of Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

1. Lexington, Ky. (last year: 16)
2. Little Rock, Ark. (last year: 8)
3. Chattanooga, Tenn. (last year: 14)
4. Louisville, Ky. (last year: 3)
5. Johnson City, Tenn. (last year: 26)
6. Greenville, S.C. (last year: 19)
7. Richmond, Va. (last year: 63)
8. Charlotte, N.C. (last year: 4)
9. Jackson, Miss. (last year: 12)
10. St. Louis (last year: 5)
11. Knoxville, Tenn. (last year: 9)
12. Greensboro, N.C. (last year: 25)
13. Raleigh, N.C. (last year: 31)
14. Albuquerque, N.M. (last year: 34)
15. Birmingham, Ala. (last year: 49)
16. Washington, D.C. (last year: 97)
17. Omaha, Neb. (last year: 70)
18. Tulsa, Okla. (last year: 13)
19. Oklahoma City (last year: 47)
20. Atlanta (last year: 1)
21. Columbia, S.C. (last year: 17)
22. San Antonio (last year: 21)
23. Madison, Wis. (last year: 29)
24. Memphis, Tenn. (last year: 28)
25. Philadelphia (last year: 23)
26. Austin, Texas (last year: 6)
27. Augusta, Ga. (last year: 2)
28. Las Vegas (last year: 38)
29. Baton Rouge, La. (last year: 51)
30. Wichita, Kan. (last year: 30)
31. Charleston, S.C. (last year: 41)
32. Allentown, Penn. (last year: 10)
33. Indianapolis (last year: 33)
34. New Orleans (last year: 62)
35. Minneapolis-St. Paul (last year: 37)
36. Dallas-Fort Worth (last year: 18)
37. Kansas City, Mo. (last year: 36)
38. Dayton, Ohio (last year: 72)
39. Columbus, Ohio (last year: 74)
40. Salt Lake City (last year: 52)
41. Tucson, Ariz. (last year: 40)
42. Syracuse, N.Y. (last year: 76)
43. Albany, N.Y. (last year: 85)
44. Mobile, Ala. (last year: 60)
45. Tampa, Fla. (last year: 27)
46. Kalamazoo, Mich. (last year: 43)
47. Boston (last year: 32)
48. Modesto, Calif. (last year: 58)
49. Hartford, Conn. (last year: 35)
50. Houston (last year: 20)
51. Nashville, Tenn. (last year: 15)
52. Des Moines, Iowa (last year: 39)
53. Lansing, Mich. (last year: 46)
54. Denver (last year: 93)
55. Scranton, Pa. (last year: 59)
56. Orlando, Fla. (last year: 11)
57. Stockton, Calif. (last year: 61)
58. Baltimore (last year: 42)
59. Pensacola, Fla. (last year: 68)
60. Buffalo, N.Y. (last year: 90)
61. Fresno, Calif. (last year: 86)
62. Sacramento, Calif. (last year: 73)
63. Boise City, Idaho (last year: 88)
64. Providence, R.I. (last year: 64)
65. Jacksonville, Fla. (last year: 22)
66. Harrisburg, Pa. (last year: 54)
67. Cincinnati (last year: 71)
68. Rochester, N.Y. (last year: 80)
69. Phoenix-Mesa (last year: 50)
70. Norfolk, Va. (last year: 94)
71. Toledo, Ohio (last year: 53)
72. El Paso, Texas (last year: 66)
73. Milwaukee (last year: 65)
74. Fort Wayne, Ind. (last year: 44)
75. Grand Rapids, Mich. (last year: 45)
76. McAllen, Texas (last year: 24)
77. Colorado Springs, Colo. (last year: 89)
78. Canton, Ohio (last year: 55)
79. Fort Myers, Fla. (last year: 87)
80. Detroit (last year: 69)
81. Lancaster, Pa. (last year: 67)
82. West Palm Beach, Fla. (last year: 79)
83. Pittsburgh (last year: 56)
84. Chicago (last year: 95)
85. Portland, Ore. (last year: 81)
86. Springfield, Mass. (last year: 7)
87. Melbourne, Fla. (last year: 84)
88. New York (last year: 48)
89. Sarasota, Fla. (last year: 78)
90. San Diego (last year: 96)
91. Youngstown, Ohio (last year: 75)
92. Seattle (last year: 91)
93. San Francisco (last year: 82)
94. Daytona Beach, Fla. (last year: 92)
95. Bakersfield, Calif. (last year: 57)
96. Cleveland (last year: 77)
97. Spokane, Wash. (last year: 98)
98. South Bend, Ind. (no ranking last year)
99. Los Angeles (last year: 99)
100. Miami (last year: 100)
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:14 PM
 
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Default Yoga for allergies

I have alergies and I have seen that doing breathing exercises in the
style of yoga (known as pranayama) greatly helps. Of course, it
is not as easy as popping a pill, you need to devote 30 minutes
to an hour everyday for these exercises, but the benefits are
numerous. Here is link that describes prana-yama:

http://yoga.about.com/od/yogatherapy...aallergies.htm

Another good site with videos of the exercises is below. The drawback
is that the Indian monk who teaches this speaks in Hindi, I am not sure
if an English translataion is available anywhere.

http://knowyoga.org/tiki-index.php?page=Pranayama
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Old 07-17-2007, 12:12 PM
 
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Default Dont do it... austin,dallas, houston.. bad allergies

Take it from me, I lived in all 3 first in houston, and I had allergy so bad, I just moved from one week to the next to Dallas. Dallas wasnt too bad, although I see its on the list. It' s more due to the humidity in combination with the pollen that makes these towns worse, from my observations.
Houston the absolute worse, its literally allergy hell. I am not kidding. Dallas was decent due to less humidity. Austin, is terrible 2nd right behind houston.
I left houston thinking these other cities were livable but if you are sensitive to allergies, stay away! I have an eye infection right now along with nasal allergies. The only way I was able to get rid of most of my nasal allergies was doing a deep nasal cleansing with warm water and salt up my nose. It was not fun this morning.
I am dying to move to Arizona where there is less humidity. Breathing well and good health is way underated.













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Originally Posted by Texanwannabe View Post
Sorry about the long post, but I researched and found this, dated last year. While Austin does not appear on the short list, it does appear on the long list. It does fall much higher on the list than Pittsburgh, so I assume I would have problems there...but as Loves roses advises, I will just MEDICATE!


Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

Southeastern Cities Hardest Hit; Lexington, Ky., Ranked No. 1

As spring blossoms, so do allergies, especially in Southeastern cities.

This year, spring allergies have been worst in Lexington, Ky., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's annual ranking.

Here is the AAFA's list of the 10 worst U.S. cities for spring allergies:

1. Lexington, Ky. (last year: 16)
2. Little Rock, Ark. (last year: 8)
3. Chattanooga, Tenn. (last year: 14)
4. Louisville, Ky. (last year: 3)
5. Johnson City, Tenn. (last year: 26)
6. Greenville, S.C. (last year: 19)
7. Richmond, Va. (last year: 63)
8. Charlotte, N.C. (last year: 4)
9. Jackson, Miss. (last year: 12)
10. St. Louis (last year: 5)


Rankings are based on annual pollen scores, allergy medicine use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient, says the AAFA.

Ground Zero: Southeastern U.S.

There were no big, new trends in the rankings, says AAFA spokeswoman Angel Waldron. The leading cities for spring allergies are still mostly in the southeastern U.S., she tells WebMD.

Atlanta, the top-ranked spring allergy city in 2004, fell to 20th place, says the AAFA. The complete list can be found at the end of this story.

Tips for Avoiding Allergy Trouble

Stay inside during peak pollen times, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Keep your car windows closed when traveling.
Stay indoors when humidity is high and on days with high wind, when dust and pollen are more likely to be in the air.
Wear a face mask when outside to limit pollen inhalation.
Shower after spending time outside to wash away pollen that collects on your skin and hair.
Full List of Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

1. Lexington, Ky. (last year: 16)
2. Little Rock, Ark. (last year: 8)
3. Chattanooga, Tenn. (last year: 14)
4. Louisville, Ky. (last year: 3)
5. Johnson City, Tenn. (last year: 26)
6. Greenville, S.C. (last year: 19)
7. Richmond, Va. (last year: 63)
8. Charlotte, N.C. (last year: 4)
9. Jackson, Miss. (last year: 12)
10. St. Louis (last year: 5)
11. Knoxville, Tenn. (last year: 9)
12. Greensboro, N.C. (last year: 25)
13. Raleigh, N.C. (last year: 31)
14. Albuquerque, N.M. (last year: 34)
15. Birmingham, Ala. (last year: 49)
16. Washington, D.C. (last year: 97)
17. Omaha, Neb. (last year: 70)
18. Tulsa, Okla. (last year: 13)
19. Oklahoma City (last year: 47)
20. Atlanta (last year: 1)
21. Columbia, S.C. (last year: 17)
22. San Antonio (last year: 21)
23. Madison, Wis. (last year: 29)
24. Memphis, Tenn. (last year: 28)
25. Philadelphia (last year: 23)
26. Austin, Texas (last year: 6)
27. Augusta, Ga. (last year: 2)
28. Las Vegas (last year: 38)
29. Baton Rouge, La. (last year: 51)
30. Wichita, Kan. (last year: 30)
31. Charleston, S.C. (last year: 41)
32. Allentown, Penn. (last year: 10)
33. Indianapolis (last year: 33)
34. New Orleans (last year: 62)
35. Minneapolis-St. Paul (last year: 37)
36. Dallas-Fort Worth (last year: 18)
37. Kansas City, Mo. (last year: 36)
38. Dayton, Ohio (last year: 72)
39. Columbus, Ohio (last year: 74)
40. Salt Lake City (last year: 52)
41. Tucson, Ariz. (last year: 40)
42. Syracuse, N.Y. (last year: 76)
43. Albany, N.Y. (last year: 85)
44. Mobile, Ala. (last year: 60)
45. Tampa, Fla. (last year: 27)
46. Kalamazoo, Mich. (last year: 43)
47. Boston (last year: 32)
48. Modesto, Calif. (last year: 58)
49. Hartford, Conn. (last year: 35)
50. Houston (last year: 20)
51. Nashville, Tenn. (last year: 15)
52. Des Moines, Iowa (last year: 39)
53. Lansing, Mich. (last year: 46)
54. Denver (last year: 93)
55. Scranton, Pa. (last year: 59)
56. Orlando, Fla. (last year: 11)
57. Stockton, Calif. (last year: 61)
58. Baltimore (last year: 42)
59. Pensacola, Fla. (last year: 68)
60. Buffalo, N.Y. (last year: 90)
61. Fresno, Calif. (last year: 86)
62. Sacramento, Calif. (last year: 73)
63. Boise City, Idaho (last year: 88)
64. Providence, R.I. (last year: 64)
65. Jacksonville, Fla. (last year: 22)
66. Harrisburg, Pa. (last year: 54)
67. Cincinnati (last year: 71)
68. Rochester, N.Y. (last year: 80)
69. Phoenix-Mesa (last year: 50)
70. Norfolk, Va. (last year: 94)
71. Toledo, Ohio (last year: 53)
72. El Paso, Texas (last year: 66)
73. Milwaukee (last year: 65)
74. Fort Wayne, Ind. (last year: 44)
75. Grand Rapids, Mich. (last year: 45)
76. McAllen, Texas (last year: 24)
77. Colorado Springs, Colo. (last year: 89)
78. Canton, Ohio (last year: 55)
79. Fort Myers, Fla. (last year: 87)
80. Detroit (last year: 69)
81. Lancaster, Pa. (last year: 67)
82. West Palm Beach, Fla. (last year: 79)
83. Pittsburgh (last year: 56)
84. Chicago (last year: 95)
85. Portland, Ore. (last year: 81)
86. Springfield, Mass. (last year: 7)
87. Melbourne, Fla. (last year: 84)
88. New York (last year: 48)
89. Sarasota, Fla. (last year: 78)
90. San Diego (last year: 96)
91. Youngstown, Ohio (last year: 75)
92. Seattle (last year: 91)
93. San Francisco (last year: 82)
94. Daytona Beach, Fla. (last year: 92)
95. Bakersfield, Calif. (last year: 57)
96. Cleveland (last year: 77)
97. Spokane, Wash. (last year: 98)
98. South Bend, Ind. (no ranking last year)
99. Los Angeles (last year: 99)
100. Miami (last year: 100)
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
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As you can see from my heading under my name about Austin! Everyone will respond differently to the allergy situations out here and what is in the air at different times of the months. For me I speak from my personal experience that it has been very, very bad, yes it has improved. For me mine has been the skin I am allergic to things out here that affect my skin with hives and itching. The first three months I didn't leave our place hardly because I was so sick on my face and arms, chest I will spare the details. I have always had allergies but the skin issues is a first for me. It cleared up but when things change around here as they do so frequently weather wise my skin gets itchy. I know my hair stylist moved from Houston and her skin gets itchy as well. I now have to have allergy shots and now more recently I am on more medication because it is affecting my asthma. Some people have a reaction for awhile and it goes away it all depends as I said each person reacts differently. I will say this that Austin isn't lacking when it comes to Allergy Clinics and Doctors who are Allergist/Immunologist if that tells you anything my own doctor has three clinics all around the great Austin area! If you haven't already go get tested to see what you are allergic to and start getting the shots to build-up your systems so that it is less reactive is my advice! Good-Luck!
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