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Old 04-23-2007, 02:51 PM
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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We're thinking of moving to PDX. I was wondering how the allergy rate is in Portland. I'm allergic to pollen, dust, and mold. Is it really bad in PDX for an allergy sufferer? Your comments would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-23-2007, 03:53 PM
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Well, in the Portland area, dust in not much of a problem. Mold and pollen can be a huge problem, depending on what you're allergic to. For me, I can't do a lot of spring gardening, and I don't open the windows on the (few and far between but we DO have them) warm spring days - like today where it's 65 and absolutely beautiful out. This is a very lush place, not tropical like warmer places, but it's green and alive all year.

I googled around for the worst cities for allergies, and found a couple "top 100" lists, with Portland in the 60 or 70 rank on the two of them - so not great, but there are much worse places.
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Old 04-28-2007, 06:27 PM
Location: Looking to move to Plattsburgh, NY
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Hi brikag:

I would beg to differ on the allergy front. I have allergies literally all year round. December and January are probably the only months that I am off allergy medication - the Pacific NW seems to be one of the highest in various sorts of allergens (or at least the kind I am allergic to :-(
Please make sure you do more research on this front if allergies are a deal breaker.

Good luck with the decision making.
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