5 Spring Allergy Myths

Allergy season has arrived. Has your family been affected yet? Now that most people are suffering, it may be a good time to bust a few myths. We want to make sure you are 100% aware of what to believe and what not to believe. After all, you are Super Mom!

Myth #1: A cleaner house means no allergies.

No, not really. If you are allergic to mold and dust, then yes, your symptoms will most likely lessen. Spring allergies? No. Your best bet is to keep the windows closed to lessen your symptoms. You should also leave shoes at the door and shower at the end of the day to wash off the remaining pollen particles – this goes for both you and the entire family! If not, you may be bringing them to your pillow. No one wants to sleep in that!

Myth #2: A blood test is the best way to identify allergies.

While blood tests are an accurate way to diagnose a number of medical conditions, spring allergies are not one of them. Skin tests are much more effective.

Myth #3: Flowers are causing my allergies.

Actually, it is probably the trees. Allergies are primarily caused by wind-pollinated plants, in which most tree pollen is spread by air. Flower pollen typically does not become airborne. If you want something to blame, blame ragweed, grass, and trees.

Myth #4: Allergy shots are for children.

The experts have weighed in, and they say that age has nothing to do with an allergy shot. The purpose of allergy shots is to increase the amount of allergen in the shot overtime to stimulate the immune system and build a tolerance. The tolerance will come over time.

Myth #5: Local honey can help my allergies.

The idea here is that an individual will build up tolerance, since bees are the carriers of pollen. There have been clinical tests and trials, and there is no effect of locally made honey on allergies.

Keeping your family feeling 100% during allergy season may seem like a lost cause, but remember these myths and do what you can to prevent the uncomfortable.

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