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Busting The Myths On Allergies – By Sanofi India

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Myths and misperceptions about allergies are widespread. Do not let this misinformation restrict you from finding the right solutions.

Busting The Myths On Allergies - By Sanofi India - PharmEasy

Here are the most commonly believed allergy myths and the reality of it.

Myth 1: Allergies are harmless

Fact: While some allergies may cause mild reactions, others may cause much more severe ones like acute respiratory problems or something life-threatening like anaphylaxis. If untreated, certain allergy types can affect your quality of life.  

Myth 2: Allergy and cold are the same

Fact: Allergy can be far worse than cold. While a cold can only cause mild discomfort lasting a couple of days, allergies can be more severe. Itchy eyes are usually a symptom of allergies, while a cold could be accompanied by fever.


Myth 3: There’s a cure for every allergy  

Fact: Unfortunately, there’s no cure for allergies but with proper allergy management, anyone can lead a normal and active life by managing their allergies.

Myth 4: Moving to a different region can get rid of allergies

Fact: Although moving away can temporarily relieve you, the chances are less for you to be completely allergy-free. In fact, you may be prone to develop new allergies.

Myth 5: You cannot be allergic to natural food.  

Fact: Here’s an interesting allergy fact, some of the most allergic foods are natural and unprocessed food items such as milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, fish and shellfish.


Myth 6: Short-haired pets won’t give you pet allergies

Fact: A protein on the fur causes the allergy and not the fur itself. Brushing your pet’s hair can cause the pet dander to be airborne. Short-haired pets are only favoured because less hair means less dander but doesn’t eliminate the fact that you won’t get allergies at all.

Also Read: What Causes Dry Nose at Night: Investigating Potential Causes and Solutions

Myth 7: You can’t get a pet allergy if you don’t own a pet.

Fact: Animal allergens, especially cat & horse allergens can be carried on clothes and fibre. This can trigger reactions in people who do not own pets themselves but are still in danger to get affected by allergens by coming in contact with animals.

Myth 8: Flowers cause pollen allergy

Fact: People can be allergic to the natural scent of the flower and it’s not pollen. Trees, grass and weeds spread pollen allergy and not the flowers. This is because the pollen from flowers has less chance to be airborne as birds and bees help in pollination unlike the former.


Myth 9: You can’t get rid of house dust mites

Fact: Regular vacuuming and washing of carpets, linens, upholstery, mattresses can help you reduce dust mites which in turn can help limit your allergic reactions.

Myth 10: Allergies are hereditary

Fact: Although, there’s a slight chance your kids may get an allergy because of you, it doesn’t mean they’ll definitely get it. There are several allergens present indoors and outdoors and one can easily develop allergies to any of those.

Myth 11: You can outgrow allergies

Fact: Although some allergies can be outgrown with time, many of them can persist for life.

For more information on how you can identify and manage allergies, visit http://bit.ly/allergy_free 

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational/awareness purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to diagnose or treat any medical condition. The reader should consult a registered medical practitioner to determine the appropriateness of the information and before consuming any medication. PharmEasy does not provide any guarantee or warranty (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information; and disclaims any liability arising thereof.

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