Spring Allergies: 7 Myths Debunked to Make You Enjoy the Season

Sneezing, runny nose, coughing, headache and shortness of breath that occurs between March and June could be a sign of spring allergies.

This results when the body’s immune system reacts to grass, pollen, mould or other substance. Individuals can better manage their symptoms when they can separate the myths and facts about spring allergies.

Here are a few of the most common myths about spring allergies.

1. Kids Will Outgrow Their Allergies

If you have had allergies as a child, they may subside for some time, and then, return when you are an adult. Because allergies are the result of immune system function, it is impossible to predict when they will begin or stop.

2. Moving To the Desert Will Relieve Your Allergies

Individuals with severe allergies often try moving to a different climate to get relief from their symptom. However, any type of environment could potentially contain plants that cause a reaction. This includes desert plants, beach plants and other settings.

3. Only Indoor Molds Will Cause Reactions

Mould growth inside the home can be a particular problem because windows and doors may remain closed for long periods, with mould spores building up in the air. However, moulds can exist outdoors as well, which can cause symptoms when individuals are enjoying the outdoors.

4. Local Honey Helps Relieve Allergies

The use of local honey to combat spring allergies is a persistent myth. However, the amount of pollen in honey is tiny and likely to be collected from many different plants. Consuming this tiny an amount is unlikely to be enough to help with allergy symptoms.

5. Allergies Only Develop Early in Life

You can develop an allergy as an adult that you never had in childhood.

spring allergies in kidsSource: Shutterstock
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Individuals may think they are troubled with sinus problems or frequent colds when the underlying issue is actually their reaction to allergens.

6. Your Cold Symptoms Might Just Be An Allergy

The symptoms of a cold and the symptoms of an allergy are quite different. You might be made miserable by the stuffiness of an allergy. Still, generally, you will not experience the fever, fatigue and body aches of a cold.

7. Short-haired Dogs Cause Fewer Allergy Symptoms Then Long-Haired Dogs

Spring allergies are not actually caused by the hair of animals. Generally, it’s the pollen and proteins that are found in the saliva, dander and urine that is the source of the reaction. Short-haired animals do not have less of these compounds than long-haired animals, so the length of the coat really doesn’t matter in causing symptoms.

Although spring allergies can be an uncomfortable problem, medications and allergy shots can help you to manage symptoms effectively. Talk to your doctor or an allergy specialist to learn about the options for treatment.

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