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Posted by Cathy on October 23, 1999 at 15:32:37:

In Reply to: Allergy-friendly climates? posted by Christine Schrum on October 18, 1999 at 11:31:14:

Yes, I know of two places that are friendly to allergies if you have problems with pollen. I have severe asthma and sinusitis. I have lived and travelled all over the country including Mexico. Austin, Texas and Durango, Colorado are the only two places that I have virtually no asthma or chronic sinusitus. The reason is the lack of bermuda grass and the dry climate. Austin sits on a fault line where spring water flows and many are sympathetic to the environment and allergies. The air is dry and clean in comparison to Dallas and Houston. The landscape from Austin and west is similar to New Mexico with trees common to mountainous regions. Bermuda grass is not common because Austin has more spring like weather and can grow St. Augustine well. This is also a college town so there is no wide spread golf course mania and its bermuda grass like you find in Arizona where many retirees and vacationers go. I traveled for a golf course management company and had to quit because of the profound reactions I had in Arizona. Durango, CO is also a clean air city without much pollution and grass growing is not a major hobby there. My severe asthma totally disappeared within 24 hours. I had forgotten my slobid and inhaler and I was forced to find out that I didn't need this stuff in Durango. I am moving soon. I am a technology professional so I am targeting Austin as my new home. Durango is lovely but professions are limited without a graduate degree.

: I'm just wondering if anyone knows of specific geographical regions which are easier on the allergies. I've heard that hot, dry regions like New Mexico are helpful...those and coastal regions. Is this true? It seems like no matter where I live, I have really bad sinusitus. I'd love some informed advice on the matter (not interested in hearing about new medications, though).

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