Debunking Myths About Seasonal Allergies

It's that time of year that seemingly everyone is sneezing with a red, itchy nose and watery eyes.

In some provinces the icy cold weather is still present, causing colds and flu - something that nobody wants to deal with. But when the cold weather dissipates and the warmer weather arrives, we have a whole new gamut of health issues: Seasonal allergies.

Just when the warm weather brings you out of hibernation, Mother Nature brings out the pollen, making some of us feel like we just want to go back inside again. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you have probably heard a lot of different theories and advice. You've probably also tried different remedies, either natural and traditional or pharmaceutical. 

Below are some common myths about seasonal allergies:

1. Flowers cause allergies during the spring: Myth

Trees and grasses produce pollen, which flies through the air and causes allergic reactions. Flowers rarely cause allergic reactions because their pollen is carried by insects, so little of it is ever actually in the air. Some of the common trees that cause spring allergies are oak, birch and pecan. Timothy and Bermuda grasses are also two major allergy-triggering culprits in the spring and early summer.

2. I've never had allergies before, so this runny nose must be a cold: Could be a Myth

You can develop new allergies at any time, even as an adult. If your eyes, nose and throat are itchy, your nasal drip is clear and thin and symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, it could be allergies.

3. Local honey provides all-natural allergy relief: Myth

The logic in this theory is that since bees make honey from pollen, eating honey that may contain pollen will build up a tolerance to the allergens. This is not how it works - there is no evidence that honey — even if it comes from a local hive — alleviates allergies. Honey is ineffective because it's the airborne pollens in trees and grasses that cause allergies, not the pollen in flowers that bees use to make honey.

4. Wait until your allergy symptoms kick in to start taking medication: Myth

Allergy medications do treat symptoms after they start, but they work better as a preventive treatment before the onset of the spring allergy season. By beginning to use them before the season and continuing throughout, you'll get the best results.

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