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Posted by kristian on Jan 24, 2007
I have seasonal allergies. And I have some training in science, which I have used to try to understand my allergies. I will take a stab at this, but I really have nothing to back this up.

I don't think it's the dryness of the air that would affect your allergy symptoms, it would depend on what you are allergic to and if it grows in that climate. Let's say for example you are allergic to ragweed. Your symptoms would likely decrease if you moved to the desert simply because there isn't as much vegetation of any type as there is here. If there is less ragweed releasing its pollen into the air, that means less (or none) sneezing for you. Humidity is irrelevant.

Feel free to debate, as I said, I pulled this out of my ass.

Posted by cosmicfish on Jan 24, 2007
Maybe less mold would grow in a dry climate as well. I'm so fucking allergic to mold. Since moving out of an old house where there is probably mold growing in the walls, my other allergies seem better as well. The less you are exposed to certain allergens, the better your body can handle other ones.

This is the opposite of the theory behind allergy shots but it works for me.
I would't live in Arizona for all the money in the world.

Posted by phduffy on Jan 24, 2007
I would't live in Arizona for all the money in the world.

Why not?

Posted by bryan on Jan 24, 2007
I'm guessing it's because of this:

Moving out of a moldy apartment has been great for my allergies.

Posted by jessie on Jan 24, 2007
i think it is even more terrible...i have been to nevada, and it was the most depressing landscape i have ever seen. it photographs way better than it actually looks - fact.

that being said - you could indeed pay me to live there.

Posted by jessie on Jan 24, 2007
and i am assuming that nevada and arizona are the same.

Posted by kristian on Jan 24, 2007
I have been to Arizona and Nevada, and they are, in fact, the same.

The weird thing is it gets cool at night but only about a foot off the ground. So your calves feel cool, but the air is still warm. Creepy.

But Nevada has all sorts of fun backwards laws. Like brothels!

Posted by bryan on Jan 24, 2007
yeah, that picture kind of reminds me of the desolation of the nevada desert, it does look better if you haven't seen it in person.

Oh yeah, the allergies
Posted by kristian on Jan 24, 2007
I think you are right about the mold and the allergies. It seems that your immune system has a threshold, and if you can keep your overall exposure to immunogens below that threshold, you are likely to suffer less.

Example, I am allergic to apples. I know, it's the stupidest God damned thing in the world. However, I find that if I eat an apple (which I incidently love) and then wait a day or two before having another apple, I can avoid the adverse reaction.

Posted by Nerhael on Jan 24, 2007
An apple a day keeps the doc........hrm.

Apparently that doesn't always hold true.

Posted by cosmicfish on Jan 24, 2007
Apples would put me in the hospital... or the grave! How dramatic.

I wouldn't live in Arizona because it's a part of the States.

If one was really tiny, would ones lungs be too small to be affected by spores? Like in Honey I Shrunk the Kids?

Posted by phduffy on Jan 24, 2007
So you wouldn't live anywhere in the States for all the money in the world?

I'm glad that you said that those cacti and stuff aren't all that great in real life, cause that picture looks pretty damn cool.

Compounding allergies
Posted by clanders on Jan 27, 2007
From my personal experience, I would say allergies definitely compound on each other.

I work with mice. Initially I was not allergic to mice, however over time I developed an allergy to them (& also to cats). I blame this directly on over-exposure. Apparently it is very common for lab workers, vets, etc (anyone frequently working with animals) to develop allergies to them. I've read that up to 30% of these workers have been documented to develop an allergy over time.

After I developed this mouse allergy, I became very allergic to mold. I was living in a dungeon at the time (aka basement) which I never had problems with. However, once my animal allergy grew progressively worse from mouse over-exposure, the mold allergy seemed to appear suddenly. aka, me waking up in the middle of the night with a throat closing up. Scary!

I personally was able to control the allergies from minimizing contact with mice & cats, and moving above ground.