“Ugh, it smells like mold. I better leave before my allergies act up”
“Mold is everywhere and can cause real problems in susceptible persons, but it rarely causes allergies unless ingested in large quantities. Most health problems attributed to mold exposure are exaggerated, with no scientific basis or supportive evidence. You don’t need fancy air purifiers or other detoxification equipment.” —Morton Tavel, MD. These are the 11 common things you do that make your allergies worst.
“Alternative therapies are just voodoo”
“There are several complementary and alternative therapies patients can use to help relieve allergies. Saline nasal rinses can effectively moisturize and clean the nasal passages. They can actually help other medicines for allergies (like nasal steroids) work better if used immediately before. Another effective therapy comes from the plant butterbur. Butterbur has been shown to be comparable to antihistamines such as cetirizine (Zyrtec) and fexofenadine (Allegra) for some patients with allergies. If you want to use butterbur be sure to seek a professional’s advice in selecting a product—some formulations contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which can lead to liver injury.” —Skye McKennon, PharmD
“Scratch tests aren’t reliable”
“Skin testing is reliable at any age. A positive result—a red, raised area called a wheal—means you reacted to a substance in a potentially allergic way. Such a positive result means the symptoms you are having are likely due to exposure to that substance. In general, the stronger the response, the greater the chance of allergy to that given substance. It is possible to get a false positive or false negative. In general, allergy skin tests are most reliable for diagnosing allergies to airborne substances, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Skin testing may help diagnose food allergies but because food allergies can be complex, you may need additional tests or procedures.” —Morton Tavel, MD. These are the 13 ways doctors allergy-proof their homes.