Should we relocate for health?

Shannon - posted on 03/20/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter suffers from severe environmental allergies. She also has asthma. She has to take daily meds for both issues and they only take the edge off. She just got over pneumonia. It just breaks my heart! We live in Indianapolis and have our whole lives. Anyway, I have been researching more favorable places to live in hopes that my daughter can have a better quality of life. I realize she could potentially develop new allergies years after a move. One place that seems about perfect for us is Portland, OR. They rank tops for more favorable for allergy/asthma sufferers. Plus with the mild weather it might help her. My girl doesn't do well with heat/humidity.



So, for my questions, anyone ever relocate for health reasons? Any thoughts on Portland? I really want others opinions on this as this is a difficult decision to make.



Thanks!

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Brittney - posted on 03/20/2012

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My mom was a medical assistant in a pediatric doctors office for 12 years and she recommends allergy shots (told me I should get them) I have to vacuum every day and I highly suggest the vacuums with the bucket you dump the dust into. It is amazing what dirt and dust you find on a day to day basis.

Shannon - posted on 03/20/2012

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As far as OTC allergy meds we have tried all the different ones and we rotate them when they become less effective. She also does a daily nasal spray and eye drops prescribed by her specialist. She also takes an Advair inhaler 2x a day. Her allergist said she would be a good candidate for allergy shots actually. It's a HUGE commitment but might be worth it for her.



The only time of year she seems to do well is the deep winter when everything is dead but this year, we didn't have much of a winter at all so she didn't get much relief.



You're right about trying other things before relocating. I feel like we are doing almost everything we can to help her including all of the indoor allergen reducers like mattress and pillow covers etc....



I was not aware that Portland had high tree pollen counts. I will look that up. I just know they rank as a top more favorable place to live for allergy sufferers.



Thank you for your thoughts!

Brittney - posted on 03/20/2012

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I have horrible allergies and have to take medicine everyday and an allergy pill before going to anyone elses house who owns an animal. I only have to deal with allergies in spring and fall (I live in Council Bluffs, Iowa) so there are 2 seasons I can live comfortably.



Have you tried other medicines to see if they work better? I would do that before deciding to relocate.



Portland OR has some high tree pollen counts, but I honestly have never been there.

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