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You have to experience it to know you'll react

Posted by Robin C on Sunday, 3 December 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
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In response to 141498: VOG and long term living in Kona, posted by Tommy L on Saturday, 2 December 2017, at 11:18 a.m.

I have lived in South Kona for 13 years and I use an inhaler daily for asthma. The vog is the main irritant for me. On particularly voggy days I use a rescue inhaler before working outside or exercising, we have a mac nut and avocado orchard so I am outside often. I seriously doubt that volcanic particulates are an issue in Kona, they don't stay suspended in the air for long distances from the source, it is a different story in close proximity to Kilauea volcano. In Kona the vog problem is with SO2, since you already have asthma I would suggest you try a visit over a couple of weeks before committing to a permanent move to see how it affects you. Most people don't feel any effects or at least not enough to be bothersome, some have more severe reactions. You'll never know until you experience it, similar to allergic reactions that vary by individual. Because of the prevailing trade winds the east side of the Big Island is generally free of vog but when the Kona winds blow (from the south) then the whole big island and all the way up the island chain may be impacted by the vog.

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