I have suffered greatly with allergies since I moved to Houston, Texas about four years ago. I have had surgery for a deviated septum and taken lots of precautions to alleviate my grass, dust, mold, pollen issues. I'm allergic to everything here. I worked outdoors the past six months and had to resign because my allergies caused infections that did not go away. I get allergy shots once a week and have my allergy doctor on speed dial. I know how to clean my sinuses with saline and rinsing products and I have used all kinds of pills and sprays. I'm tired of being on pills and often don't use them. I've tried it all and even done accupuncture. I seem to really struggle on a daily basis. Now I've decided I need a change of scenery out of desperation.
I'm at point where I just need to find a place where I do not suffer. I have lived in California and found it pleasant for the most part - but I am not looking forward to living in such an expensive place on my own. Please - can anyone recommend a place with low allergies? I'm visiting Portland soon but I don't know if it's the best place. I'm considering colder areas including Colorado and the upper midwest. I do the worst in places like Oklahoma and Texas. Golf is a big part of my life as well so being outdoors is at least a small part of life. Please help! Any suggestions appreciated.
Well, the colder regions do have shorter allergy seasons. And living close to the ocean reduces pollen exposure, also, because there are no pollen-producing plants in the water. In parts of Texas, outdoor allergies are year-round!
However, the North does have very intense tree pollen seasons in the spring and ragweed seasons in the fall. In the Southwest, unless you live in a true desert, there will be grass pollens, again possibly all year long. And desert air is not kind to breathing in general.
What typically happens when an allergic person moves to a new region is that you feel FANTASTIC the first year. Then your body develops allergies to whatever blooms near your new home, and you're back to sneezing again.
How long have you been on allergy shots? Where did you live before Texas? Why do you not like taking allergy pills? Have you tried taking them every day for a month?
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First of all thank you so much for the reply and your concern. I've only been on shots for about a year. Before I lived in Texas, I lived in parts of California and a few other states (Arizona, OK). I must admit, I do much better in CA but I am also weary of the cost of living. I'm right out of college.
I have actually found most allergy pills quite effective - I just don't like being on medications all the time. I've tried the whole gambit of pills and sprays. I haven't used anything the past week or so - but I came down with a cold and took some Day Quill. The last thing my doctor prescribed was Cingulair and I have not started the dosage yet. I find that after using pills for so long I've developed some neuralgia...
hi, the desert would have the least allergans so a place like las vegas, palm springs etc.
BUT TRY THIS FIRST; go to a vitamin store and get the highest culture count Pro-biotics so as to be able to take 100 BILLION cultures daily (not million)
many of your problems may just go away (this all has to do with your immune system which is where your problems are since your body is attacking itself=autoimmune)
Thank you for this advice. I recently purchased Probiotics and will see how it helps. I think this is a great idea and have researched in further in depth. I hope addressing my immune system issue will get me on the right track. I am curious about how deserts would be the best places?? Thanks again.
Well, deserts arevery dusty...have you read about the haboobs in Phoenix???? The dryness can cause non allergic rhinitis and require frequent use of sprays. There really isn't a perfect place because dust mites are everywhere and you can develop new allergies to whatever grows in that location. Best to keep with the shots and meds and see where you are at the endof the 5 year regimen.
Dont move to AZ! I am doing HORRIBLE here.
I have constant swelling in my sinuses and ears (causes dizziness and vertigo) and severe fatigue and sneezing. I hate being here and cant wait to finally move.
I did do tons better when I went on a vaca to california.
I feel for you. I went to Arizona State my freshman year of college. We had severe shifts in weather that fall - going from very cold to dry heats - and with all of that junk blowing around it's tough right now.
I have ALL the symptoms that you have written about and went to an acupuncturist, who really helped. She calmed my vertigo way down and brought the swelling in my head down, so if you can find a good one and can afford it, go for it. You don't need the herbs, if a suggestion is made. It will take a few visits. Good luck!!
Don't ever move here in VA, the southeast has coastal areas, but also ragweed runs rampant here...way too much green space...the humidity causes the mold spores to multiply all summer long....even the coastal areas of NC have ragweed growing out of control....people say coastal areas are good for allergies but I disagree...there are always those weeds that grow alongside the highways that get you to the coast....unless you live in a beach cottage....with just sand all around you, it will be hard to find a good area...
I have found whenever I live near woods, I don't do well.....unfortunately, I didn't get that till I moved here and this is the second time I have lived with woods behind me...I plan on going to a coastal house in a few days, but, I don't see things getting any better.....I believe once your nasal tissues have had relentless irritation, it is a pretty chronic issue that is akin to a incurable disease....that you just have to maintain in order to have some sanity...
Another problem that people don't realize, that I am just finding out, is that when you are treated with antibiotics for infections, you most likely have developed a huge problem with yeast...and that in itself with cause you to feel as if your allergies are out of control, because it flourishes after awhile...this happened to me...and am on antifungals now...a yeast flourish is like having the flu, especially if you have a sensitivity to body yeast....
The probiotic is an excellent idea someone gave you, I started on something called "friendly flora" from ProCaps a few weeks ago, and I can tell you, when you start this, you will actually see the yeast coming out of your feet....I even had horrible pains in my calf and ankles and feet...apparently it was the yeast moving through to be expelled....I had no idea what was happening...I am also dealing with finding out that I have a mold problem in a water damaged spot in my house, and in the process of having that cleaned up....it was hidden...I had no idea I was breathing the spores of Penicillium, which is an allergan for me...
Have you ever purchased a mold test kit from your home depot or lowes? I purchased one right before I had an air quality specialist come out, and it was a significant amount of spores that grew in the test sample I had purchased, and it was confirmed by the specialist, so I know those tests are accurate....
I also wonder if a city with barely any green would be a good option....NY perhaps? I mean a concrete jungle...that is kind of where I spent my early years, in a place that had more concrete than green....maybe that is why I am having issues now with weeds, grass, etc...
Good luck with the fall allergies, and let's hope for an early frost....
I was born and raised in L.A. and have had bad allergies all my life. We moved to inland San Diego and there is a lot of pollen here, so my allergies are about the same as in L.A. I got allergy shots for 10 years which helped somewhat. My Acupuncturist helps me a lot with allergies and other problems. You could try a different Acupuncturist to see if he/she is better treating allergies. I know how awful you feel and hope you get some relief soon. Hugs, Sue