Allergy Myths: Nothing to Sneeze At
July 3, 2017
Eat local honey to alleviate allergy symptoms. Get a short-haired dog and you won’t have allergies. If you didn’t have allergies as a kid, you never will. These and other folklore tales about allergies are explored by UT Health Northeast allergy expert Dr. Jonathan Buttram in this post to HealthConnection dot TV.
- We hear people say that if you didn't have allergies as a child, you never will. Is there any truth to that idea?
- What about the claim that if you live in a high-pollen area long enough, your body will build up antibodies naturally and your allergies will eventually go away.
- Let's talk about food allergies. When you hear someone say that you can outgrow food allergies, is it true? If so, what are some examples?
- Many people believe that if you eat the local honey, it helps alleviate allergy symptoms. Fact or myth?
- Gluten-free products are all over the grocery shelves today. Fact or myth - people can be allergic to gluten.
- If you are allergic to eggs does that mean you can never get the flu shot?
- What about pet allergies - we've heard that if you're allergic to dogs, just get a short-haired dog and you won't have allergies. True or false?
- Are there really hypoallergenic dogs - dogs to which people won't be allergic? If yes, what breeds are the most hypoallergenic?
- What about cats?
- What about the reverse claim regarding pets -- that growing up around animals can help prevent allergies? Is that true?
- What about individuals who say they are 'allergic to everything?' That's a broad statement but are there cases in which someone is allergic to an unusually high number of things? If so, what causes this?
- Finally, my allergies are not serious enough for allergy shots or drops. True or false?