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Allergies in Halifax?

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Allergies in Halifax?

My question is about seasonal allergies. Like many people, I have seasonal allergies. My worst are grasses and weeds - ragweed is the highest pollinating weed but I've tested strongly positive to every possible weed, including tumbleweed, sage, etc. Right now, Ontario is becoming uninhabitable for me. The herbicide ban was implemented in 2009 and instead of using alternative weed control methods, cities and individuals have taken it as a reason to quit controlling weeds. My suburban neighbourhood has houses with ragweed farms growing. Not surprisingly, my allergies have gone from annoying to debilitating.

My question is - how do people find seasonal allergies in Halifax? Tree pollen isn't a big issue for me, it's grasses, weeds and molds that get me.

Pollen counts seem quite low there based on the Weather Network online forecasts. How does Halifax treat everyone's seasonal allergies?

Thanks everyone!

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Not sure what you mean by how Halifax treats everyone's seasonal allergies.?

We also have pesticide/ herbicide ban, obviously ones symptons are going to be greater this time of year it's ragweed and golden rod season. I am allergic to both and molds as well.

Relative to Ontario being by the coast may reduce pollen count, also quite windy.?

If you're symptons are really debilitating this is probably not the time of year to come, I assume you have consulted allergy specialist maybe could ask them to consult with one of their colleagues here in Nova Scotia.

Here is a link to clinic which may find helpful.

cdha.nshealth.ca/environmental-health-centre

Hope this helps?

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As the Ontario health care system is tough to break into (2.5 years to find a family doctor who could refer me to an allergist then another 10 month wait), I do not have the luxury of access to an allergist at this time unfortunately. However, I've been to many in the past and had testing way beyond the normal (tested for about 100-150 different grasses, weeds, molds, and trees), grasses, weeds, and molds are my big problems. Here in Ontario, the pesticide ban and lack of yard waste pickup means people have poorly trimmed lawns ( they actually encourage people to leave it at least 2-3 inches, at which point pollen production is far higher) and the result is an allergenic environment so severe I have little choice but to move.

The same pesticide ban in Nova Scotia would be a huge negative to me. Do people work at yard upkeep anyway or does the landscape resemble an abandoned parking lot in places like in Ontario? (overrun with weeds in all medians, many yards, etc.?)

Basically, I'm wondering how people in Halifax find their seasonal allergies fare there - it's been recommended as a better place than most, just wondering if that's been the experience of people. Thanks!

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Exactly what does this have to do with travel to Halifax...

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I'm looking at traveling to places that might be better for seasonal allergies, both for a relief and to check it out as a place to live. Because the allergies have caused severe sinus and ear issues, I'm unable to fly and traveling by car is definitely 2-3 days. So before I undertake that effort, I'm trying to see if there's any potential Halifax may offer the relief I'm looking for.

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I lived in Halifax (and other parts of NS) for a year and was Plesantly surprised how little I reacted to seasonal allergies, in fact could claim I was allergy free. However, living back in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, my allergies to ragweed, grass and moulds are back in full swing. I'd say it's worth a trip to check it out for yourself. Someone once told me though, if you have a tendency to allergies-no matter where you live you'll eventually become allergic to something in that area...hope they're wrong.

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I lived in Halifax (and other parts of NS) for a year and was Plesantly surprised how little I reacted to seasonal allergies, in fact could claim I was allergy free. However, living back in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, my allergies to ragweed, grass and moulds are back in full swing. I'd say it's worth a trip to check it out for yourself. Someone once told me that, if you have a tendency to allergies-no matter where you live you'll eventually become allergic to something in that area...hope they're wrong.

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I was talking to a friend the other day that lived in Ontario for many years but has been here for over ten. She has lots of allergies, including ragweed. She says it is much better here than the Ottawa area. It is very good here along the coasts because of the breezes. We do have ragweed, however.

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You will find more relief near the ocean.

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I lived for several years near the ocean in Southern California. It was far better than Ontario for allergies even though I'm very close to Lake Ontario. What concerns me in Halifax would be mold, as forested areas aren't great for mold and that's a major allergy for me. But there's definitely less ragweed than here from all accounts, and likely less tall grass (major problem here).

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