GOLD BAR — The Pacific Northwest is known for its beautiful landscape, but a local mother says nature is keeping her 5-year-old son stuck indoors.
Alex loves playing with his toys just like any little boy, but his mom says he’s a hostage in his own home.
“His face will swell, his eyes will swell, neck will swell,” said his mother Kara Moore. “I try not to let him go outside, but he is five.”
Moore says Alex is allergic to practically everything in the Pacific Northwest.
“He had an allergy testing in April,” she said. “He’s allergic to cats, he’s allergic to alder, birch, cedar, timothy grass, dust mites, feathers, any kind of fragrance.”
Alex can’t be outside for long. When he does go outside, he has to wear a face mask.
“I actually have to give him baths every couple of hours,” Kara said.
“Every time I go to bed at night, I itch,” Kyle said.
“He’s up until about 3, 4 o’clock in the morning just scratching, and he scratches his skin until it literally bleeds,” his mother said.
On a recent trip to Florida, she says her son’s symptoms seemed to disappear.
“His skin started clearing up — within two weeks he was completely clear,” Kara said. “Happy, healthy.”
She has decided Florida may be just what the doctor ordered.
“I don’t really want to move, but I know that’s our only choice,” she said. “I don’t want Alex to live his life the way he has been living it.”
For now, Alex is contained inside his house, but there’s no containing his excitement about moving.
“I want to go camping every day outside,” Kyle said. “It’s going to be so exciting!”
The family is trying to raise $5,500 in order to make the move to Florida. If you’d like to help, click here.