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Allergies at High Altitudes

The dryer climate and altered varieties of growing things means that for some people, allergies get better, for others, they get worse. There really isn't any way to know how you will be affected ahead of time.

Further complicating the allergy picture is the fact that many people seem to develop allergies over long periods of exposure, so new allergies may not appear for months, or years.

Food supplies in smaller towns at higher altitude may be different also. That means that some allergies may diminish due to different brands or availabilities, while others may appear for the same reason. People who are sensitive to certain foods or additives know that sometimes brand or type can make a lot of difference in reactions.

There tend to be fewer pollen related allergens at high altitudes, and at extremely high altitudes, dust mites cannot survive either. Dryer climates also reduce some types of mold spores.

High altitude water supplies tend to be high in minerals, and water may also be more alkaline than at lower altitudes, in some places. The affect on individuals can vary widely, some people improve, others struggle with the change.

While wind blown pollens tend to be lower, the amount of wind in general means that there is more dust, and more potential for exposure from the pollens that do circulate. Sort of like we say about snow - there isn't much of it, but nature makes the most of it!

Allergy related asthma may improve or worsen. High altitude tends to make asthma more reactive anyway, so you could go either way.


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Editorial Comments throughout this site written by Laura Wheeler (with occasional sarcastic remarks by her son, David). Laura is a 10 year resident of Medicine Bow, Wyoming, where the altitude is greater than the population. Medicine Bow is at 6200+ ft above sea level, and boasts a total of 297 residents from the last census. Laura is an experienced technical, health and family writer.

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