Asthma is changing our lives.

My son's doctor recently suggested that we consider moving to southern California or out of state. We currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his allergies and asthma are not well controlled. He has has more than 40 asthma attacks since the beginning of the year. I have tried looking on line for "asthma friendly" cities only to find a lot of conflicting information. I know that just because it's good for one person that it won't necessarily be good for him and vice versa. I am willing to relocate if it means he will be healthier and not have to take so much medicine; especially since it's not currentlly effective. Does anyone know of any areas that may be better for people with bad allergies?

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My understanding is that there are always allergens and triggers wherever you go. (Although avoid pollution!) If the asthma is not well controlled, you may have the wrong diagnosis. My recommendation, especially before uprooting your family, is to find a specialist at Denver Jewish. I understand that they are the world leaders in asthma, including pediatric cases, and have a vast array of state-of-the-art testing and treatment to help. Daughter has serious asthma, so I understand. (PFT in small airways at 18% during sub-acute flare and several hospitalizations!) Also, have you tried Xolair?

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I think pollution played a big part in my sons asthma. When I was pregnant and in the first 5 years of my son's life we lived next to a carpet and flooring warehouse. Lorries used to go in and out of there all day long. Diesel particles especially are terrible for your lungs. This was in London. We looked at the best places to live with asthma and places near lakes had the lowest levels of asthma, so anywhere with big lakes maybe! We have moved to kent now, 20 miles outside London in a quiet close. His asthma is much better.

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My son was diagnosed at National Jewish, they are great. I will ask his doctor about Xolair. Thank you.

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We do live near a lot of refineries and on a delta, the combination is horrible. I will look into lake living. Thank you.

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We do live near a lot of refineries and on a delta, the combination is horrible. I will look into lake living. Thank you.

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I don't know how old your son is, but Grape Seed Extract does a lot to help reduce asthma conditions....When I was researching it for my young grandkids, I was told it was ok to give them 50mg this is to help keep their immune system strong...they don't have asthma but get their share of kids colds, etc...

I've been taking grape seed ex for 17 yrs and know it's very helpful for asthma....I don't deal with asthma either but have friends who are on grape seed ex who are challenged with asthma....

I live one long block from the Pacific in So. Cal.....great air.

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I have a good friend who was raised in Bakersfield and she is challenged with horrible allergies and asthma...the oil and ag pollution of the pesticides....really bad area. I'm not sure where Oakley is....

She is retired in Palm Springs area and things are NOT good for her down there re: allergies....she did live in the same town as me for a lot of years but moved around and ended up in PS.....can't afford to come back here.

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I also agree that you can move and another allergen will show up, depends on what your triggers are, I am in Chicago and have terrible problems with cold induced asthma and am allergic to everything and my pulmonologist told me to move to AZ, but I have heard the desert is great for some but not others, brother in law moved from chgo to az and has been greatly helped, CA seems to top a lot of the lists due to the great weather
Appreciate the posts on grape seed, will have to look into it

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I just KNOW a friend with horrible allergies and Adult Asthma and she is doing SO MUCH better since on Grape Seed Ex now about 5 yrs.,......

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Thx for info on grape seed ex, I am currently looking into shots because I tested positive to everything but cat dander is the big one for me -- and have problems with the cold weather and cold induced asthma, so I need to get out of Chgo in the cold weather months but will definitely try your suggestion!

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I did the shots for a couple yrs back before Grape Seed Ex found me...I have the allergy/sinus queen...It even got to the point that I was doing the injections at home.....NEVER getting better....

I had sinus allergy issues all my life before grape seed ex, actually pycnogenol for first yr in 1995, and then grape seed ex thereon and daily to this date...

The allergist had a horrible red nose himself and a waiting room full of people that never got any healing, only made him richer...

Never found out why, but this MD committed suicide some yrs after I left his "services".....

When I think of HOW MANY could be about healed with allergies, etc...with Grape Seed Ex and don't have a clue about it, it makes me so sick.....

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This article was in the San Fransisco Chronicle 12/14

Thought you would find it helpful!!

PURE Solutions Discusses How to Prevent Aggravating Allergies While Visiting Family and Friends during the Holidays

Published 11:45 am, Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Traveling during the holiday season with allergies can be aggravating. PURE Solutions offers a solution to lessen the effects of allergens while visiting family and friends.

Buffalo, New York (PRWEB) December 12, 2012

With the holiday season bringing family and friends from all over the world together, it is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Of the millions of people traveling, many of them suffer from allergies. For travelers, there are a number of holiday related triggers that can heighten the symptoms of allergies. However, planning ahead can help to prevent allergy symptoms and allow those suffering from allergies to travel more comfortably. Brian Brault, CEO of PURE Solutions, a provider of solutions for a healthy and allergen-free environment, says “traveling is hard enough, without allergies. For those with allergies, it can be aggravating. PURE Solutions provides PURE Rooms in hotels across the nation so that those traveling with allergies or asthma can rest in an allergen free environment.”

PURE Solutions recognized that preventing allergies is a challenge when staying at another person’s home. During the winter, indoor air quality is often impaired from seasonal activities like weatherizing windows and doors and activating dust-ridden heating systems. These types of events contribute to a higher concentration of indoor allergens, for example, dust mites and mold spores. For those suffering from allergies, exposure can trigger aggravating symptoms. Allergy symptoms can be unbearable for a person visiting for an extended period of time. Quality air purifiers have long been the answer to removing these types of seasonal allergens, relieving symptoms from those suffering with allergies or asthma. To provide quality purifiers for those traveling, PURE Solutions has installed state-of-the-art air purifying systems in hotel rooms across America. PURE Rooms are available at over 300 of the nation's top hotels. Locations can be found at

The concept utilizes special purification techniques whereby each room is treated comprehensively to remove allergens and irritants from all surfaces, fabrics and air flow. For those traveling with allergies that are longing for a solution to reduce symptoms, staying in a PURE room is the best solution. The PURE Room creates an allergy-friendly environment removing up to 99.9% of allergens. Travelers who suffer from allergies enjoy the cleanest, freshest air in a PURE Room and a more restful sleep during their stay. “PURE Rooms offer a way to have a healthier, stress free travel experience,” says Brault. For those visiting family and friends during the holidays, preventing allergies may seem like a challenge but staying in a PURE Room allows for an enjoyable time with those who matter most.

About PURE Solutions North America
PURE Solutions' innovative system for hotels and conference centers provides PURE rooms, an allergy-friendly room which results in indoor environments that have been treated to remove 98-100% of bacteria and viruses. The PURE room concept utilizes state-of-the-art purification techniques whereby each room is treated comprehensively to remove allergens and irritants from all surfaces, fabrics and air flow. Over 300 of the nation's top hotels have installed PURE to date and this system is being adopted at a rapid rate by hotels worldwide. Pure Solutions received the 2008 Innovator Award from The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. For further information, see

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I used to live in San Francisco and Oakland and that is where I went to an acupuncturist 3 times a week for six months and I was practically completely cured for years. When I started I was so sick I could not work as I would sneeze out of control for at least two hours when I woke up and could not even talk to anyone. That cure kept me nearly allergy free for years. I think I need a tune up right now but do not live near there. Her name is Yun and she teaches at one of the acupuncture colleges in San Francisco. Her practice was in the avenues in the Sunset district. If I had a SF telephone book I could probably find her. She was wonderful.

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I can relate! I moved to Sacramento after marrying a year ago. HUGE mistake. I have severe asthma and if I don't move away soon, it's gonna kill me. Really. My spouse's job is here and there is little to no chance his company will have any options for him to leave this area. Aw shucks. I've been researching the most livable places for people with asthma and other breathing issues. I also have environmental allergies as well as food allergies. This spring, I'm going to head for a higher elevation, shorter growing season and mild climate (not too hot, not too cold) - as soon as I find it. Anyone wanting to accompany me would be most welcome! I am no longer willing to suffer due to location. It's only going to get worse as I age and aging is hard enough on a body!

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