5 Myths about allergies
Except the problems with sneezing, heavy breathing and other symptoms caused by allergies, there are also many disinformations so American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) gave 5 facts about allergies.
Antihistamines that are sold over the counter without prescription are equally efficient for alleviating the clogged nasal congestion and swollen mucous membrane like the anti-inflammatory drugs that are sold with prescription.
Fact: Antihistamines that are sold over the counter without prescription can help in controlling some symptoms of allergies, but have a small effect on alleviating the clogged nasal congestion or inflammation that often occurs with allergies. If no prescription drug is not working or causes side effects it’s best to consult a physician. They can prescribe more efficient drugs that won’t treat only symptoms but also the cause of the problems.
Over the counter drugs in shape of sprays or nose drops which reduce the swollen mucous membrane are causing addiction.
Fact: Over the counter drugs which reduce the swollen mucous membrane are not causing addiction. But, also it’s a fact that often use can make the drug less effective over time, so you need to use it more often to keep working. That’s why those types of drugs are usually best to use in a short time period like 3-4 days and if they don’t work you should consult a physician to prescribe an efficient drug.
Some people use natural honey to fight the spring allergies.
Fact: Natural honey contains pollen from local flowers so it might seem logical that if you consume it over time, your body raises tolerance for certain types of pollen. But, pollen that in most cases causes allergies is usually made up from various different types of plants, trees, and weeds that bees don’t use at all.
Pollen allergies will not lead to food allergies.
Fact: Actually, about one third of people who are allergic to some type of pollen have also allergy to some type of food. Reaction is called oral syndrome or pollen food allergy. It’s usually a mild reaction and can cause itching, tingle in the mouth, throat and lips. It’s about the same proteins that are in pollen also. So if you have allergies to pollen from a certain tree, you might have a reaction to fruits from that tree or similar fruits that come from the same family of those trees. But the reaction is mild, lasts very short and it’s rarely serious, but it shouldn’t be confused with real food allergies that can have severe reactions.
Blood test is the best test for allergy diagnosis
Fact: Actually the skin tests are more sensitive than blood tests. If we are allergic to something the skin will become red and swell. Skin test is very safe even for infants and small children when performed by doctor allergologist.
Interesting things about pollen
- pollen travels up to a distance of 500 miles
- in spring, first pollen comes from trees, than grass and weeds
- one plant can release millions of pollen particles
- 20 particles of ragweed pollen in 1 cubic meter (1.3 yards) is enough to cause allergic reaction
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