Mountain Cedar-Juniper allergy: relief in Santa Fe NM

We moved to Santa Fe one year ago due to allergy and asthma in Dallas so severe that I had infections up to 5 x two years.  Juniper is in the same family as Cedar so we still suffer, but very little as the pollen counts in Dallas are around 10 grains per cubic meter as opposed to 4 grains here.  Allergies and asthma improved greatly.  Less pollen because less humidity for it to float around on. Low mold counts due to dryness. Santa Fe superior to Albuquerque in our opinion because of no smog (simply does not form here).  Gorgeous weather, sights, etc. We DO humidify in winter – easily done.  Rejected Tucson due to hot weather helping smog form.  We found relief in Santa Fe! – Cindy, New Mexico

6 thoughts on “Mountain Cedar-Juniper allergy: relief in Santa Fe NM”

  1. I’m currently living in the Baltimore area, but will probably move to the southwest within a few years. I have been looking into allergy-free areas. Your report on Santa Fe is very helpful.

    I’m currently having problems with mold, and dust mites, as well as grass and tree pollen. The pollen doesn’t affect me until spring, however.

  2. I live in Santa Fe, and am currently getting hammered by allergies; sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, ect. This year it has been particularly bad and its just the begining..

  3. If AllergyNurse just moved here and has Juniper/Cedar allergies, I’m sure he/she is eating his/her words right now. My wife and I moved here last May and starting a week and a half ago, I’ve never had such a bad allergic reaction to Juniper. My wife is fine – she did have bad allergies last September with the Chamisa. I was fine then, but I’m sure not now. I hope this ends soon… Not fun!

    Note from AllergyNurse: Just to clarify, I am not the originator of this item. All submissions to the blog are sent to me (see “Post to Blog” tab at top, or “Ask your question here” at top of the right sidebar). I copy those suitable to the blog. (Comments to initial posts are then posted directly by those making comments.) You can see the name and location of person who submitted the item at the end of each post, in this case, “Cindy, New Mexico”. Cindy also indicated in the post that she had been in Santa Fe for a year when the post was written. I received the post on Dec. 25, 2010, and posted it to the blog on January 4, 2011.

  4. Northern New Mexico has become the most hellish place on earth most months of the year due to allergies and winds. It’s just awful, and the reaction to allergies many of us have, including hispanics who have lived here for ten generations or more, is crippling compared to the inconvenience of some hay fever back east. Now the allergy season begins in February, stretches through June and into July. Then it returns in Sept/Oct with ragweed and grasses. It’s become so bad, I have to say that the quality of life has plummeted and it is not worth moving here unless you know for sure you are not allergic to juniper, mulberry, cottonwood, many grasses, and dust, whirls of dust, and other pollens.

    1. I totally agree with you. I’ve been counting the years that I’ve been actually sick due to allergies during Easter… six years in a row so far. I cannot eat better than I do (vegan, raw food, no sugar, coffee, alcohol… nada) and I still get the worst allergies. I am seriously thinking of moving to a different place (although I love Santa Fe). I am semi-impaired for all these weeks of Spring and it is not fun at all.

  5. I finally conquered my Juniper allergy by drinking raw milk (unpasteurized), available at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. I would guess that it removes ¾ of the misery, which is totally manageable for me. I theorize that the little nasties in raw milk are seen as invaders to my stomach, and all available antigens are deployed to protect the tummy. That leaves nobody to do battle at the nose and eyes, so I get the usual pollen irritation but not much allergic reaction. I’m delighted!

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