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10 Spring Allergy Myths

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Allergy season is approaching. With the coming spring allergens will fill the air as they never have before and many people will suffer because of it. Some are more affected by allergy season than others, but for most it can be very uncomfortable when all you want is relief. You’ll hear a lot about allergies, some things more true than others and some completely false. To make sure you make it through the allergy season as best you can its good to know some things about allergies. Here is a list of allergy myths to separate from the facts so that you are a little more informed and you can take the necessary precautions and ignore the unnecessary ones.

10. Desert Climates are Better for Allergies

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This myth is very popular in the springtime as people head for the California desert to hit the town in Palm Springs or Coachella Valley in the milder season. Unfortunately, grass and ragweed pollens are found everywhere, even in the desert. Changing climates may help your allergies, but it would only be a temporary fix as your body begins reacting to new allergens in your new environment. Relocating to a desert climate permanently could challenge your body’s resistance to old allergens and you could be facing a miserable spring as your body acclimates. Don’t move to the desert just to escape the grass of milder climates.

9. Flowers Commonly Trigger Allergies

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Flower bouquets are actually one of the least triggering organic items you’ll encounter this spring. Unlike trees, grasses, and weeds, plucked flowers give off few allergens. Therefore very few people have allergic reactions to flower bouquets. The part of a flower that causes allergic reactions leading to allergy symptoms is only activated while the flower is still in the ground (or pot) and it’s trying to breed. Once you cut the stem of the flower, the flower will no longer be attempting to breed so it will manufacture less pollen.

8. There’s No Pollen at the Beach

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Beaches are often prime vacation spots for spring allergy sufferers because allergen-generating trees, grasses, and weeds don’t often grow on them. Still, grass pathways and landscaping is common near popular beaches, and stepping off of the sand and venturing into the town for a bite to eat can expose you to the allergens you’re trying to avoid. However, you should be warned: while the beach can offer a welcome respite from spring allergies, you should know that ragweed pollen can be found as far as 400 miles out to sea.

7. Pure, Local Honey Can Fight Off Allergies

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Some people believe that local honey is a natural homeopathic remedy for pollen allergies. However, most allergies are not brought on by the pollen found in honey and that means eating it won’t help your immunity. Honey consists of nectar from flowers and trees that becomes honey when it is digested and regurgitated by bees in the hive. Therefore, while honey contains a form of the pollen found in the flowers and trees, it is not activated pollen and cannot assist in preventing allergy symptoms.  Natural remedies for allergy symptoms are often not grounded in science and cannot actually prevent allergic reactions and allergy symptoms.

6. You Can Outgrow Your Allergies

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It is a common misconception that children with allergies will outgrow them once they reach adulthood. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true.  The severity of allergic reactions differs widely among people, and even within the same individual, allergic reactions can change in severity from season to season and from allergen to allergen. In cases of disappearing allergies, some experts theorize that a person may simply grow accustomed to the allergen, thus reducing the level of immune-system sensitivity. With food allergies, even when they seem to have gone away, the trouble is not necessarily banished; symptoms of food allergies can return just as mysteriously as they disappeared. Allergies to pollen, pet dander, and other substances can recur too.

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