4 Most Common Allergy Myths
December 11, 2012
Allergy Myth #1: Granny’s Elixir Works
Folk remedies may make you feel better temporarily, just because you took something. But we don’t know if it’s a therapeutic or a placebo effect. These “cures” may not have any scientific validity whatsoever. The long-term effects of allergies are best treated with the latest methods and under good scientific protocol. So, maybe Granny doesn’t always know best, so seek a board certified Allergist to discuss with you the most effective strategies to get back on your feet.
Allergy Myth #2: I Outgrew My Asthma
Sorry to burst your bubble, but asthma is a lifelong condition. It may go through quiet periods, but you still have it – even as an adult. Though there is no cure for asthma, it is treatable. Asthma is a complex disease with varying levels of severity. A good treatment plan starts with a good diagnosis. Patients tend to be poor perceivers of their own severity, not realizing how poorly they are actually able to breathe. Make sure your physician is sure you have asthma and gives you a plan specific to your condition and expect it to include inhaled corticosteroid along with combinations of other inhaled medications, plus treatments for any underlying conditions such as allergies.
Allergy Myth #3: Salt Air is Magic
We wish it were true, but going to the beach cannot cure your allergies. Moist, salt air can help soothe the nose and sinuses, but if the allergens that are causing your congestion, itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus headaches or asthma are at the beach…you will continue to experience symptoms. So, you want to enjoy that beach trip? Talk to a board certified Allergist and make sure you have a plan specific to you. First testing will help you know what is affecting you. A combination of avoidance and the right regime of medications is likely to be your first line of defense. Depending on how well that works, you may be a candidate for Immunotherapy, the closest thing we currently have to a “cure” for allergies.
Allergy Myth #4: Basement Mold Makes Me Sick
Concern about mold has been overstated. In fact, most molds don’t live very long once they hit the air. However, that does not mean people are not allergic to mold. Your Allergist should be able to verify your allergy through simple testing and then give you a pragmatic plan so you can manage your allergies. BreatheAmerica centers are designed to use the latest tools to determine, specifically, what is at the root of your allergies, sinusitis, asthma or other breathing problems. Then, we design and discuss with you a plan, specific to you, to give back the life you deserve.