Are you one of the estimated 50 million Americans who suffers from allergies? For many, 2014 has been a particularly harsh allergy season. Perhaps all of the sniffling, sneezing, itchiness, and watery eyes have driven you to look online to learn more about your condition. Unfortunately, you’ve probably found there’s a lot of conflicting information about allergies out there. Today, we’re here to expose that misinformation by debunking 5 of the most popular allergy myths.
Myth #1: Locally produced honey is an all-natural way to fight allergies
Fact: While a tablespoon of local honey might satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t expect it to do anything to curb your allergies. The fact is there is no evidence that shows local honey alleviates allergies. On the contrary, a 2013 study in the Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America found that consuming honey did not provide relief for allergy symptoms.
Myth #2: It’s all in your head
Fact: Is there anything more frustrating than someone telling you that you’re imagining your allergy problem? Allergies are absolutely real. They are typically caused by genetics and our environment. However, the mind does play some role in triggering allergic reactions as stress can lead to symptoms acting out.
Myth #3: You should move to cure your allergies
Fact: You can’t outrun allergies. Studies have shown that where you live isn’t a significant contributor to whether or not you’ll suffer from allergies. While a new environment might temporarily reduce your allergy symptoms, they’ll likely come back as you react to new allergens in your new environment.
Myth #4: Allergies aren’t serious
Fact: Allergies are nothing to sneeze at (no pun intended). Not only can an allergy problem reduce your quality of life by making you miserable and even disrupting your sleep, but in severe cases, it can threaten your life. If you suspect you may have an allergy problem, seek medical attention so you can get testing and treatment if needed.
Myth #5: You’ll outgrow your allergies
Fact: While allergy symptoms do tend to decline with age, they don’t go away altogether. In fact, one recent study found that about 15% of people over the age of 60 suffer from hay fever. So, while your response to allergies might not be as strong as you age, it won’t completely disappear.
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