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GAIL

Daytona Beach, FL

#23 Mar 16, 2009
sandyv63 wrote:
You might want to reconsider Naples/Ft. Myers. I had allergies when I lived up north. Then I moved here. At first, no symptoms. After a year or so I noticed I was suffering during the late summer. Now it is all year. I have never had such awful allergies and they continue to get worse. My doctor has tried every prescription out there with only limited success. The side effects of the meds are awful so I stopped taking them.
Besides worrying about allergies, you should look into the cost of living compared to salaries here. The median home price jumped to almost half a million the past few years but salaries remain considerably lower than the national average. I don't know anyone who hasn't taken a pay cut to live here. Many people have left because they can't afford to live here anymore. And have you heard about 'season' down here?
From September to Easter the snowbirds come. The roads are impossible and traffic fatalities skyrocket because of the sudden increase in volume and the influx of drivers who don't know where they are going. If you like old people who must be on the road during rush hour to catch that early bird special and you don't mind if they drive 35 MPH all the way, by all means, come on down. Ther aren't many social activities for young professionals in the area.
The beach is not great either. The water is highly polluted from runoff (fertilizer & pesticides) which has caused a real problem with algae overgrowth. Do a search on red tide. Talk about allergies. Red tide causes such bad respiratory problems here that the ERs in the hospitals fill up. The polluted water is causing the coral to die off, the fish to become toxic, and the estuaries are becoming inhabitable for the sealife that reside there. The water is undrinkable here. It is yellow (from rust) and it smells (from the runoff that pollutes the drinking supply.)
I just got my MBA in Finance and I am looking to move to southern California. There ae no jobs here, or at least jobs that pay a decent wage. Unfortunately you are probably going to face the same situation as far as career. The decent paying jobs are in the cities where the cost of living is high as well. Oh well, at least it's dry in Irvine and the lack of mold is a relief. The Maleluca trees are not prolific enough to cause problems (Maleluca is a severe allergen.)
Sandy - could not have said it better.-agree 100%. Me-the allergy queen is suffering oceanfront in Daytona -moved here 5 yrs. ago fr. Manhattan-not bad allergies + a great quality of life FOR ME. Gd. Luck to YOU.
Michele

Plymouth, MI

#24 Jul 4, 2009
Dennis wrote:
I moved here from Northville MI 10 years ago. I had hay fever so bad in Michigan I needed steriod shots to get any relief. Since moving to Naples I have never had any injections of any kind, and only occasionally take an OTC allergy reliever. However, the downside to this is the cost of living in Naples. Even with the bubble bursting in the housing market, the average home here is still one of the highest in the nation and certainly the highest in Florida. Taxes are going through the roof and home insurance is getting tough just to obtain - most insurers are leaving the state because of the hurricanes lately. Me, I'm going to move to Tucson.
I am considering moving from Michigan - where I am debilitated by allergies - I can hardly function with the sinus pain at this time of year - I vacationed in Cape Coral and now we are considering moving there - I cant wait!
Michele

Plymouth, MI

#25 Jul 4, 2009
I am considering moving from Michigan - where I am debilitated by allergies - I can hardly function with the sinus pain at this time of year - I vacationed in Cape Coral and now we are considering moving there - I cant wait!
I hear the gulf breezes help a great deal
Looking forward to swimming all year long too
see you around!
Discitt

Fort Myers, FL

#26 Nov 7, 2009
Moved to Cape Coral from Tampa middle yr of "09" and after the move my sinuses have never been this bad in my life. I am in my mid 50's and hope it is just this yr I don't want to move more north.
Mike

Chattanooga, TN

#27 Mar 1, 2010
Hello Brian,
I suffered with allergies and hayfever for most of my life while living in Ohio. Florida is a welcome vacation from not only the cold but from that Spring and Fall allergy suffering too. However, after years here, I now experience some slight allergies around this time of year. I usually take over-the-counter (and behind the counter) non-perscription meds for this and these seem to work fine (look for the store brand for Allergy Relief with Loratadine 10mg and save some big money). As far as living and working down here... I'd suggest renting a house or a condo since prices are very low. I'd also suggest living in the north or west Naples area. It's not really a party town, but it's not that far of a drive to Miami for a fun weekend, or from the beaches in Naples, Bonita Springs, or Sanibel Island. Plus, the traffic and crowds over here are much lighter, anytime of year, versus the East Coast.
BrianAA wrote:
It's been suggested, everything else having failed to fix my allergies, that I find somewhere to live that's close to sea level and has lots of water to the west. Southwest Florida sounds like a good fit and pollen.com says the pollen count drops off nicely just south of Fort Myers. Nonstop flights from Detroit Metro to SW Florida International are relatively cheap.
Has anyone else done this, especially anyone else from Michigan? How'd it work?
Any suggestions for where a single guy would want to live? It doesn't have to be in Naples but job opportunities for accountants/IT/software are important (if I can get these infernal allergies to subside so I can think again I can finish up my CPA cert, or go back to software engineering, or any number of things). I'd take at least a couple of weeks vacation to try things out before making any permanent moves of course.
BadAllergies

Lehigh Acres, FL

#28 Mar 23, 2012
I live in Fort Myers and its been hell on earth!

The allergies are SO bad here... just look at pollen.com . I never had a problem before, even lived in South America without issue. And then I made a stupid decision & moved here....

I have been sick for the last year barely able to function. The pollen is bad but the mold is crazy! I am ready to leave here in the next few months and CAN't WAIT!
This has been misery. I only wish I could have known before moving here. I would suggest visiting before anyone makes a final move, but it took me 6 months to affect me.
Savannah

Monticello, FL

#29 Jul 9, 2012
I have lived in Naples for eight years and there is mold here and lots of allergins because nothing ever does. I never had a probl untilobinh here and now suffer from chronic bronchitis. Sometimea it turns into pneumonia. If I had to do it all over again I would NOT live in Naples.
Daniel Kout

Scottsdale, AZ

#30 Dec 17, 2012
AlA wrote:
Why wouldn't you worry about the mold? For those of us with severe mold allergies, that's a big issue. Do you know something about the mold in Florida that leads you to say you wouldn't worry about mold, or do you just not realize what a problem mold can be?
I have pretty severe allergies to mold and I used to live in South Flas. I moved away to live in Seattle and lived there for 22 years. My mold allergies were too severe to stay any longer and moved to scottsdale,AZ. Although mold allergies are far less, the pollution count is so severe, I am on the move again. I looked at Tampa thinking the Gulf coast would be terrific, I stayed for three days and was forced to leave because the mold count was relentless. I was sick as a dog from the extreme mold counts. I think nowhere in Fla is it safe to live if your sensitivies are high to mold. Don't move there! I am still considering the South but I am not optimistic about the chances. No Sotuh Fla for me and I miss it terribly!
Sleepwalker

United States

#31 Jan 2, 2013
AlA wrote:
Why wouldn't you worry about the mold? For those of us with severe mold allergies, that's a big issue. Do you know something about the mold in Florida that leads you to say you wouldn't worry about mold, or do you just not realize what a problem mold can be?
I suffer s severe mold allergy due to parathyroidism. I live in the worst possible place for that. Savannah GA. However i regularly travel all throughout Florida and its just as bad. I monitor the mold spore map on my weather channel android app. And there is little change in coastal GA & FL all year long, it remains high
YPnow345

Marco Island, FL

#32 May 18, 2013
no problems here
Debbie

Indianapolis, IN

#33 Feb 4, 2014
Im looking to move to Fort Charlotte or St Pete. Thanks for the info. I too suffer from allergies and asthma. This is my biggest concern. I just recently got back from Ft Myers Beach. I felt the best I have felt in years. I hope I am going to do the right thing. The info on here has helped a lot
peggy

United States

#34 Mar 23, 2014
Suffered my Years in nj. Still. Have ridge on nose and asthma best place so far best on gulf except at red time recently have plastic surgery on nose lucky for me he was sent first hardly have any problems mose I feel like normal people now needed internal worm in nasal cavity peggy
Georgia Girl wrote:
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Is Florida better for allergies? This is what I'm fishing for. My daughter recently felt so much better while we vacationed in Daytona.
Let me know your thoughts
Thank you
peggy

United States

#35 Mar 23, 2014
Sorry should have proof read better Sarasota / Venice is the best for me severe asthma ; nasal cavity surgery helped also ;yes nose recomsruction was told needed much internal work during surgery life style different flip flops and walking sneakers beach is great only problem is when wind from north blows pollen down rminfing .e howuch I suffered up north ;?what's it worth to. you?
bmf

Sarasota, FL

#36 Feb 5, 2015
AlA wrote:
Why wouldn't you worry about the mold? For those of us with severe mold allergies, that's a big issue. Do you know something about the mold in Florida that leads you to say you wouldn't worry about mold, or do you just not realize what a problem mold can be?
I live in port charlotte fl and suffer every year from nov to feb with allergies the mold is bad that time of the year
Lisa

Dallas, TX

#37 Oct 7, 2015
BrianAA wrote:
It's been suggested, everything else having failed to fix my allergies, that I find somewhere to live that's close to sea level and has lots of water to the west. Southwest Florida sounds like a good fit and pollen.com says the pollen count drops off nicely just south of Fort Myers. Nonstop flights from Detroit Metro to SW Florida International are relatively cheap.
Has anyone else done this, especially anyone else from Michigan? How'd it work?
Any suggestions for where a single guy would want to live? It doesn't have to be in Naples but job opportunities for accountants/IT/software are important (if I can get these infernal allergies to subside so I can think again I can finish up my CPA cert, or go back to software engineering, or any number of things). I'd take at least a couple of weeks vacation to try things out before making any permanent moves of course.
Don't do it. I had bad allergies in Michigan. Since I moved down here, it's three times as bad. I have had sinus surgery and I will be getting shots soon. I feel terrible. It's so damp and humid and to be honest to damn hot. As far as jobs go, the salaries are 1/3 of that in Michigan. I left a $55,000 job in Michigan and it took me a year to find a job down here at $10.80/hr. If I could get my old job back, I would leave in a heartbeat. No jobs and it's too hot. If you have any allergies you will be very sick down here. P.S. the produce down here sucks too cuz it's to damn hot to grow ANYTHING. You know the saying WTF - it stands for Welcome To Florida.
Martin

Fort Myers, FL

#38 Oct 7, 2015
Lisa wrote:
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Don't do it. I had bad allergies in Michigan. Since I moved down here, it's three times as bad. I have had sinus surgery and I will be getting shots soon. I feel terrible. It's so damp and humid and to be honest to damn hot. As far as jobs go, the salaries are 1/3 of that in Michigan. I left a $55,000 job in Michigan and it took me a year to find a job down here at $10.80/hr. If I could get my old job back, I would leave in a heartbeat. No jobs and it's too hot. If you have any allergies you will be very sick down here. P.S. the produce down here sucks too cuz it's to damn hot to grow ANYTHING. You know the saying WTF - it stands for Welcome To Florida.
An intelligent person would have looked in to all of this prior to moving. Shame on you for being stupid.
Anetta

North Miami Beach, FL

#39 Mar 11, 2016
BrianAA wrote:
It's been suggested, everything else having failed to fix my allergies, that I find somewhere to live that's close to sea level and has lots of water to the west. Southwest Florida sounds like a good fit and pollen.com says the pollen count drops off nicely just south of Fort Myers. Nonstop flights from Detroit Metro to SW Florida International are relatively cheap.
Has anyone else done this, especially anyone else from Michigan? How'd it work?
Any suggestions for where a single guy would want to live? It doesn't have to be in Naples but job opportunities for accountants/IT/software are important (if I can get these infernal allergies to subside so I can think again I can finish up my CPA cert, or go back to software engineering, or any number of things). I'd take at least a couple of weeks vacation to try things out before making any permanent moves of course.
I lived in Europe, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Never had allergies in my life.% years ago I moved to Miami. The third year I started getting severe allergies, cough, asthma like, dizziness and vertigo.For months I could barely walk. It is horrible here for me.

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