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Old 12-28-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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Good morning: Is Tucson a good place to retire if you have COPD and degenerative osteoarthritis? I would think the heat would be helpful, but what about the air quality?
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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Air quality is pretty good but I dont think you are going see much of a difference than Lubbock, Texas in terms of pollutants. However if you have allergies the affect your copd its probably better. There isnt a lot of grass lawns and agriculture is at a minimum plus its desert. The air quality is usually a little worst in the winter. The mountains can trap the air in especially at night. Best thing would be to come over for 2-3 days and check it out.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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I would guess the desert dryness would make a significant difference in your degenerative osteoarthritis and the lack of humidity would probably make breathing easier. (You may even have to add humidity to your house to get it to a more "normal" level during certain times of the year.) For example, right now your humidity is 89% and much of Tucson is around 39%.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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Sometimes, the dust of the desert can actually make allergies worse. If it's windy, the air can be very dusty (this is a desert, after all). My son (a college student) never had allergies in Colorado, but since we've moved here, his allergies are just horrible. The dust aggrevates his asthma so badly, and the mesquite and palo verde really get him in the Spring. He's extremely congested, is coughing, and has watery, itching eyes from May until November it seems.
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