Allergy experts in clinical practice frequently spend a good amount of time counselling patients about nonsensical myths. In this section, we controvert some of the worst misconceptions and allergy myths
Allergies are not specific to certain dogs as all dogs can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by the saliva and the skin flakes (dander)and not the hair as perceived by some people.It has been noticed that certain dogs shed less dander such as the Short-haired female dogs.
The casein protein in goat’s milk is very much similar to that in cow’s milk so it can as well trigger a reaction.However, about 40% of children who are allergic to cow’s milk can tolerate it.
Fish doesn’t contain significant amounts of iodine. It will not cause problems in iodine allergic people.
Adrenaline (epinephrine) auto-injectors have been very helpful and have saved people with severe allergies to food and insect stings. In a severe allergic reaction, they’re safe to inject into the muscle of the thigh as soon as possible. If mistakenly administered, you may have slight agitation,and your heart will race, but the effect will wear off.
This is a dangerous practice because there will be albumen proteins attached to the yolk.
Some children will,but a majority of them will retain their allergies especially allergies to food like nuts and fish. An estimated50% of allergies to pollen, dust mites and pets also persist into adult life.
Results from allergy testing are accurate. It should be done after a careful discussion of the person’s medical background and symptoms. Most allergic people will react to a few allergens whichcan be avoidedonce identified.
It doesn’t. Allergies are rather caused by the faecal pellets of House dust mites and Cockroaches.
Allergy triggering plants such as grasses, weeds, olive and mesquite trees thrive in dry semi-desert environments,and allergies may be worse.
If you’re pet-allergic, further exposure will provoke your allergies and worsen matters. However, tolerance can be built with time in some people.
Hyperactivity is not triggered by food allergies. Although children with ADDH (hyperactivity) may become more active (“sugar rush”) after consuming artificially coloured sweets and junk foods, this isn’t an allergy.
Cow milk allergy occurs in some children but is usually outgrown by age 5 years; wheat allergy starting in adulthood is very rare.
There are a whole bunch of other myths!