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Old 10-09-2016, 08:29 AM   #1
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Do you feel better in Arizona ?

How does the dry air make you when you spend the winter in Arizona , I heard it's good for the old bones as well as breathing , also (stupid question ) do your hands dry out? Up here during the winter I get dry cracking hands and live with a bottle of hand lotion, and have minor arthritic hands and feet .
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I am in my early 60s and have been spending a month or two [Jan and Feb] in the Phoenix area for the last 12 -13 years. We spend most of our time in south Texas. I do like the warmer weather, but my basic view of Az in the winter is that the dry air does dry out my nose and sinuses, and to a lesser extent, my skin. Given the amount of agriculture in the area and the number of non-native plants in peoples' back yards and flower gardens, I suspect the old beliefs about Phoenix as a good area for allergy relief is probably not as true as it might have once been--IMHO.
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I just returned from a trip to Georgia and Florida. Getting back to AZ was breath of fresh air. The humidity made my bones ache. The weather was unbearable as were the bugs. I was never so happy to be home. I do not understand the appeal of anything east of the Mississippi, yes I was born there. My hands do get dry in the winter, I use bag balm. I will trade that for a rash anytime.
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I use quite a bit of skin moisterizer when wintering in Tucson. My arms and backs of my hands dry up.. But it is worth it as I have not shoveled snow in 5 years..
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My better half joined me from Reno NV 3.5 years ago. She's got several issues that have improved. She is a breast cancer survivor .
Chronic cough, almost gone.
High blood pressure. etc.

Maybe it's just living with me but I feel the climate is a factor.
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I was looking forward to allergy relief when we visited and then moved here. But my allergies have been as bad or worse here as in IL. They say a lot of people are allergic to junipers here in northern AZ. My nose and lips get dry, but my son lived in Boulder (similar dry air) for 4 years and he got used to the air and didn't get dry nose and lips after a while.
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I've lived in the Mojave Desert for over 20 years. Humidity is often single digit and rarely above 20%. When my hands dry out, it's because I didn't hydrate enough. Drink a couple of extra glasses of water a day and it's shortly gone. Your have to "force" yourself to drink extra water and not rely on your thirst.
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My better half joined me from Reno NV 3.5 years ago. She's got several issues that have improved. She is a breast cancer survivor .

Chronic cough, almost gone.

High blood pressure. etc.



Maybe it's just living with me but I feel the climate is a factor.

I'm sure it was you !
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Thank you everyone for the great information , I'll remember to bring hand lotion and water, looking forward to being a snow bird
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I don't like the wind and dust but do enjoy the nice days.
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Oh, you're THAT GB! I'm 2kool4skool over on the skoolie forum.

Yes, allergies are a factor here (4000' el.). When they hit I take Butter Bur, a supplement, really helps w/o side effects.
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My chronic sinusitis goes away in the dryer air and I just feel better. JH
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Oh, you're THAT GB! I'm 2kool4skool over on the skoolie forum.

Yes, allergies are a factor here (4000' el.). When they hit I take Butter Bur, a supplement, really helps w/o side effects.

Yup that's me gbstewart on the skoolie site , good see you on a different site
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We find the 5 months we spend in Yuma is about the same as summer at home. Just no bugs.
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