Category Archives: Florida [FL]

What is in bloom from Nov.-Feb. in Port Charlotte, FL?

Hey everyone, I should explain that I am a landscaper by trade, so avoiding the outdoors is impossible. I’ve never had allergies (in my mid 30’s) and when I was last tested a few yrs ago I tested negative for every common allergy. Yet it is like clockwork every year from mid Nov. – about Feb. my nose gets stuffy, sore throat, constant nasal drip that results in a cough. I hate it! Any help is greatly appreciated! – submitted by Chuck, Port Charlotte, Florida

[Note from Lois (AllergyNurse)]: Chuck, some trees bud during late fall and winter, depending on where you live. If you can’t avoid the outdoors, you might consider wearing a mask during the offending months. Hopefully readers from the Port Charlotte area will give you some ideas of what may be blooming there November-February!

If you decide to try a mask, our sponsor National Allergy has a selection of masks you can browse. You can probably find masks locally as well. If you do purchase a mask, be sure to read carefully to be sure you are getting one for outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold. National Allergy also has a cold weather mask that you might want to try, especially if you also have asthma. I don’t believe it protects from pollen, but you could ask them to be sure. The advantage to going with National Allergy is that their Customer Service Representatives are highly trained and very experienced. If you feel a mask may be helpful, you can tell them what your need is, and they will be able to suggest the best mask(s) to meet it.

Asthma in Florida – considering Amarillo TX, Connecticut, or Oregon

We came to Orlando FL a year ago, and since we got here we are getting sick every month! and every time is worse. My husband and me have allergies, as well as our son, and including that our daughter has asthma. We were on medicine for allergies and it wasn’t so bad until we move in here! Christmas, we were in bed sick, January too, Valentines day all of us sick, and right now? yes! you got it! we are sick.

Of course we are moving to another state, I have been reading a lot, and the more I read the more I am afraid of making a mistake on where to move.

Our choices so far are:
Amarillo Texas, Connecticut, Oregon… and anywhere where is not too cold, because of the asthma. Please help us! – Nancy, Florida

Allergies and Gulf of Mexico oil spill

What effect does exposure to vapors and other oil spill-related hazards in the Gulf of Mexico have on those with asthma and other respiratory allergies? I’ve collected some of the current responses to these issues, but we want to hear from you. If you live or work in the gulf, or feel your allergies or health have been affected by the oil spill, please share your comments in the ‘Leave a Reply’ area below.

Long-term effects of the BP spill are not yet known, but we do know that, while fumes and irritants are not allergens, they can trigger an allergic rhinitis and asthma reactions. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting health hazard evaluations and surveillance to track symptoms indluding worsening of asthma, cough, chest pain, eye irritation, nausea, and headache.

NIOSH has listed the following potential hazards in its Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill guidance for workers: benzene, chemical dispersants and other chemical hazards, fatigue, fuel oil, heat stress, hurricanes, mosquitoes, poisonous plants, respiratory protection, snakes, stinging insects, stress, and sun exposure.

ABC news reports that over a million gallons of chemical dispersants have been used in the cleanup. Long-term affects of these dispersants on health are not yet known. In addition to the obvious dangers of chemical irritants and pollutants, other allergens discussed below threaten outdoor workers.

Poisonous plants such as poison ivy, oak, and sumac not only cause severe allergic reactions in many by direct contact, but inhaling smoke from burning brush piles containing these plants can cause severe allergic respiratory reactions. Urushiol from these plants can remain active on the surface of tools and other objects for up to 5 years.

Bees, wasps, hornets and fire ants pose an additional threat to workers involved in the cleanup. Their stings can result in severe allergic reactions that require immediate medical care and may cause death.

Allergy to the sun can be a threat for outdoor workers, in addition to the more common threats of sunburn and skin cancers. Mayo Clinic describes four types of sun allergy: polymorphic light eruption, actinic prurigo, chronic actinic dermatitis, and solar urticaria.


Chemical Dispersants (ABC News)
Heat (
Oil spill related health issues (Skin and Allergy News)
Respiratory effects (Fox News)
Health Surveillance Oil Spill (Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Response (NIOSH)
Hazard Information (NIOSH)
Sun Allergy (Mayo Clinic)

Allergies in Pittsburgh PA: Should I move to the ocean, southern FL?

I live in Pittsburgh, PA and have severe nasal allergies. I have nasal pressure but never any drainage. I experience constant headaches and cannot take it anymore. I am very allergic to grass, ragweed mix , Perennial Rye, Meadow Fescue, and dust mites.

When the weather changes (rain) or barometric pressure drops, it causes my sinuses horrendous pain.

I am thinking of relocating somewhere near the ocean (southern FL?) I hear that the ocean is good for keeping the nose lubricated and is good for knocking down the pollen.

Where in Florida would be a good place to move?

Thanks in advance for any help! – Jan, Florida

Visit, vacation in Jacksonville FL, but nix for allergies!

Well, everyone should nix Jacksonville, Florida. Great people, great doctors there, but lousy for allergies and asthma. Even my husband who has never had allergies developed them there. My allergist had traveled with the Navy and said she’d never seen anything like it. But it makes sense if you watch the weather reports closely: the air flow brings in everything from the West AND combines with the winds that curl up from the Gulf of Mexico after passing over the islands, northern South America, and/or the Yucatan peninsula transporting spores and whatever from all those locales. I was on shots, 3 antihistamines/day, steroids, inhalers, and pills to deaden the scratch in my throat. Coughed my way into a hernia and surgery on my vocal cords because of this, too. Visit there, vacation there, but do not move there or drink the water–nasty stuff! – submitted by Kathy, Jacksonville FL

Mold, trees, grass and weed allergies in Florida, better in Idaho

I have two experience with two different climates. One being positive and the other negative. Currently, I live in Pensacola Florida (I love the area) but, I have severe allergies and asthma and I am sick atleast 6 months out of the year!! (no exaggeration)I am extremely allergic to mold, trees, grasses, weeds ect. and Florida has an overabundance of this. We are military and trying to move out west again. My positive experience is out west in Idaho. We lived there from 1995-2003 and I had no allergy or asthma symptoms (maybe every once in a while) but, I didn’t have to take any allergy or asthma medications!! It was wonderful!!! The dry climate is much better for me than the humidity. I always heard about “moving to AZ if you have asthma”. I think this is true….I am much better out west. The humidity makes my asthma symptoms (mold is the culprit for me) worse. With dry heat, mold can’t grow. So, we are going to try to get a humanatarian assignment somewhere out west because I am so sick all the time. I hope we can do this because my husband still has about 6 years left in the USAF and I don’t want to suffer and live here in Florida any longer. We have been here for 3 years now. – Cathy, Florida

Allergies and asthma in California, Chicago, South America, Florida

I moved when I was 3 from Los Angeles to Chicago and got ashtma. I moved to South America and it went away. I moved then to Chicago and was fine. I then moved to West Palm Beach Florida. My days and nights are miserable cant breath cant drink or eat anything. As soon as i go to Chicago 3 days later everything is gone. But I dont like Chicago anymore. I’m considering going to California to see what happens? — John, Florida

Allergy problems in southern Florida, from Chicago’s cement-jungle

I moved to Southern FLorida in the past month from Chicago and had never experienced allergies/hayfever. Now, I feel like I’m dying. Is it something in the air? The new trees and flowers? Different environment from the cement-jungle of Chicago? AND what should I do to alleviate if not rid my body completely of the sneezes, sniffles and mucous? Cannot take much more. Help!!! — Tim, Florida