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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.


Questions:

  1. We hear people say that if you didn't have allergies as a child, you never will. Is there any truth to that idea?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Many people believe that if you eat the local honey, it helps alleviate allergy symptoms. Fact or myth?
  5. Gluten-free products are all over the grocery shelves today. Fact or myth - people can be allergic to gluten.
  6. If you are allergic to eggs does that mean you can never get the flu shot?
  7. 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?
  8. Are there really hypoallergenic dogs - dogs to which people won't be allergic? If yes, what breeds are the most hypoallergenic?
  9. What about cats?
  10. What about the reverse claim regarding pets -- that growing up around animals can help prevent allergies? Is that true?
  11. 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?
  12. Finally, my allergies are not serious enough for allergy shots or drops. True or false?

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