While relocating is almost always stressful, moving to a new area can be especially tough if you suffer from allergies and asthma. Not knowing how your body will react to your new environment can leave you feeling worried and scared. It helps to be prepared. Knowing what kind of allergens to expect in your new home and how to treat them can help you have a better experience in your new community.
Investigate the City
Find out how the town where you'll be living rates. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has published a list of the top 100 worst cities in the United States for Allergy Sufferers. If the town where you're going to be living is in one of these top 100 locations, you might want to consider a different new home.
Keep in mind that a variety of factors can influence the allergens and mold content in the air. For example, dryer, warmer climates tend to have fewer problems with mold than moist, humid, cold climates. Pollution can also exacerbate the effect that allergens have on the body. Cities with high rates of pollution can do more damage than cities with little pollution. Use these factors to help you pick the right community for you.
Choose Your Home Wisely
Your new home will have as much influence on your physical comfort as the town or city where you'll be living. These factors can affect your overall health:
- Flooring type. Floors with hardwood surfaces are easier to clean and easier to rid of dust mites. Carpeting can harbor dander, dust mites and mold, all of which can make allergies worse.
- Duct cleanliness. Older, poorly maintained HVAC systems can contain a thick blanket of harmful, allergy-exacerbating dust inside the ducts.
- Previous pets living in your home. If the previous owners had a cat or a dog, your new home may still have a great deal of pet dander when you move in.
Speak with Your Doctor Before You Leave
Talk to your doctor about your upcoming relocation. Ask him or her what methods or medications will help you transition to your new community. Your doctor may recommend allergy shots, medications and other therapies to relieve your symptoms.
Get a New Doctor Quickly
Find a doctor in your new community right away. Once you've found a new doctor, you can continue your medications and treatments without taking a break that could be detrimental to your health and comfort.