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Old 10-08-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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Hello.
This is only the possibility but I might go to UO once I get accepted

But from reading posts in this forum about Eugene, some people
talking about allergies or athma sufferers really suffers in Eugene are giving me a pause.........
I know as some people said that it entirely depends on what you are allergic to........but I am one of those chronic allergy sufferer who is allregic to most anything. It is very hard to pin-point, really. On top of that, I also have occasional athma attacks, this I think is triggered by pet hair and dust...mainly.

I am currently living in College Station, TX...before moving here, everyone told me that this was THE WORST PLACE to be if you have sinus problems or allergies. And, they were right!! (from what they told me, it is the place, just like Eugene, it is almost like a basin where pollen and things just gathers...) I of course, have good days and bad days and so I can't really say my life here is so horrible but...

If anyone out there can clear my doubts.......I'd be very very appreciative!
(or maybe I should just go see an allergists??!!)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:10 PM
 
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I'd like to clear your doubts but...it can be pretty bad for those of us with hay fever. Do you know if you're allergic to rye grass? They grow a lot of it down there.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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Hi, Metlakatla!
Thank you for your help.
hmm...rye grass...never heard of that. I don't think it was one of the things that were on my allergy test I took few years ago... I might be allergic to regular grass and so my chances are little high???
I might be taking my allergy test soon and so I might be able to check for that.
thanks!
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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Well, if you're allergic to grass seed it isn't the greatest place to be...my allergies have gotten a bit milder over the years though, and one of my nieces with rye grass allergies manages to live down in Eugene all right.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:11 PM
 
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Question The Valley of Itchy Eyes

I live in Eugene and suffer from seasonal allergies, mostly grass of all kinds.

It's a complex problem, and probably best handled by meeting with an allergist who is willing to research the Eugene area allergens. Good luck. It's a good place to live and go to college.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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Grew up in eastern WA and eastern OR...no allergy problems. Would go to visit relatives in the Eugene area and if we were there for more than 3 days, I started having problems.

As an adult, moved to Tennessee--terrible allergies. Moved back to Eastern Oregon, no allergies. But, again, I'd go to Eugene, they were back.

The culprit for me was rye grass. It's just a particular type of grass, most bother me a little, but rye is tough on me. The damp and associated mildew, molds didn't help either.

Good luck...wish I could give you great news and tell you there isn't any!

Usually dry and desert type climates a better for most folks allergy/sinus-wise.
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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My kids and I are Texas natives, and moved to Oregon in 2003. My oldest son suffered terrible asthma and upper respiratory problems while living in Texas, but since we left he hasn't had trouble at all and in fact has been off all his meds/inhalers now for 5+ years. He very rarely ever gets sick anymore at all - we've never even suffered a bout of the flu since leaving Texas.

I think if you are allergic to grass or mold, you might have a problem here as the PNW has a lot of that. It just depends on what your triggers are.

Conversely, my husband always thought he was totally allergy-free until we moved here to Oregon. The first spring we spent here, he quickly learned he has a severe allergy to cottonwood! Luckily we found a homeopathic remedy (a spray that he sprays under his tongue) that helps him, and if we give it to him quickly enough he only suffers for about a day, then he's absolutely fine after that. The rest of the year he's also totally fine, it's just that dang cottonwood.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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When in the western part of the state I am miserable, allergies and asthma. Once I moved to Central Oregon, for the most part I am good. I cannot live in wetter areas as the mold and humidity makes me feel like I am suffocating and dying.

My step-mom takes a lot of allergy and asthma medications to get through the seasons. I don't want to do that, so I am fine living in the desert.

Is there anyway you can visit the Eugene area for about a week? You'll quickly get an idea of how things will be for you and your allergies and/or asthma.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:25 AM
 
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If you go to a new environment, you may have short term relief from your allergies, but as your body gets exposure to new allergens, you will probably develop new allergies.

If you have a tendency to allergies, as you clearly do, I would say do not come to Eugene. They do have a lot of grass here. They grow it as a crop and export the seed. There are about two months in the spring when I have to literally leave and go to the coast.

In addition, there are many different kinds of pine trees. As they bloom, they can be a problem.

And wood stoves are a major source of heat for homeowners here. It pollutes the air. In the summer they burn the fields in the valley to kill mold. More pollution. Add to that the fact that we are in a valley between two mountain ranges where the pollen hovers. Our air quality is not the best.

Perhaps Ashland, or Bend would work for you. They are both in the mountains. I get relief by escaping to the coast and staying right on the ocean where fresh wind blows in. There is not much sun there, but it is beautiful.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:32 PM
 
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Default Check Out Eugene Oregon Wind Rose

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If you go to a new environment, you may have short term relief from your allergies, but as your body gets exposure to new allergens, you will probably develop new allergies.

If you have a tendency to allergies, as you clearly do, I would say do not come to Eugene(??????????????)
I'm not sure that's the best advice. Shouldn't the individual should VISIT UoO first at a good time of the year (spring, perhaps), BEFORE concluding from a DISCUSSION BOARD post that the allergens will be intolerable?

If they've been accepted to UoO, that's an honor to be taken very seriously at a top institution in the Northwest. It is VERY hard to get into college these days in the first place.

Take a look at Meteorological Web Sites indicating the Prevailing Wind Directions each month. Live in an area that doesn't have wind coming from the pollutant or allergen in question:

Click on the ".gif" file image, for selected months, below (National Resource Conservation Service / USDA):

ftp://ftp.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/downloads/climate/windrose/oregon/eugene/ (broken link)

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