My allergist says I'm allergic to a lot of stuff that grows around this area (like, highly allergic). The altitude isn't helping. I've had a chronic sinus infection since soon after I moved to NM, and no amount of medication has made it go away. It's been a two year battle and I really want to breathe normally again. Now, I know YANMD, but I have a couple of questions about allergies...
I finally got my blood test results back from the allergist (they didn't do the skin prick test because I didn't react to their test pricks), and it appears that I'm highly allergic to the the following things:
Juniper (numbers were off the charts for Juniper)
Dust mites (about half as bad as the Juniper)
Pet dander (about the same as the dust)
and various other stuffs, but those are the worst.
I'm on yet another antibiotic for the sinus infection, and two more meds for the breathing. Fourth antibiotic this year alone, and fifth
) meds for the breathing. Still having bad air days (it's been over a week...).
Okay, I have pets. They're not going away no matter where I move, but I know how to keep the dander down inside the house - no carpets, brush 'em outside, bathe them as often as is healthy for them, keep them off the furniture and out of the bedroom, etc...
Same with dust mites - HEPA filters, keep the pets out of the bedroom, no carpets, and so on...
The question I have is about the Juniper mostly, since it seems to be the worst offender. I forgot to ask the allergist this, but if I'm allergic to Juniper does that mean I'm allergic to all
pine trees? I have Pinyons in my front yard too, but they didn't test me for Pinyon allergy. I tried Googling it, but my Google-fu is failing me. I didn't seem to have any problems with the ones in Mississippi, but they were few and far between and not as concentrated as they are here. Juniper is everywhere
here. Every house on my block has Juniper bushes and my back yard is lined with them. Probably because it is drought resistant and easy to care for.
I've mentioned in previous posts that we're planning on moving to Seattle, WA. I'm hoping that the lower altitude, higher humidity, and lack of dust will help with the breathing thing. I also realize -- because I've moved so often -- that no matter where I move, I'm going to be allergic to something
. I understand that. It's just a fact of life. The severity of the allergies here, though, have been amazingly difficult to live with. I mean, to the point where walking from one room to the other has become a monumental task some days. It's not a pretty picture. Not only that, but sinus headaches trigger migraines for me. I don't like it.
Anyway, I lived in the Puget Sound area twice: in the late 80's early 90's and again from '97-'99. I had no difficulties breathing back then. None whatsoever. However! I didn't develop asthma until '95 (last time I lived here in NM), so there's that...
Back to the question, I get conflicting information that Juniper doesn't grow north of Colorado, but another site tells me that it's in WA (but not as bad in Western WA). Circumstances have us moving up there no matter what, I just want to know what to expect. Am I going to be fighting this war with my lungs up there, or will it be a smaller battle? Obviously YANMD and you're not my allergist, but if it's just
Juniper I'm reacting to and not every
pine/evergreen on the planet, that'll be a relief to me -- in more ways than one.