“Seasonal allergies are just seasonal—so this has to stop soon, right?”
“While some allergies are seasonal, it really depends on what a person is allergic to. Pollen allergies are seasonal—for example, tree pollen allergies peak in early spring, grass pollen soars in late spring, and ragweed pollen is highest in summertime. Unfortunately, many people have the pollen allergy “triple threat” and have reactions to all three pollen types. Some types of allergies go yearround. I always recommend that my patients try to identify the times of the year their symptoms tend to occur, so they can take measures to decrease or even prevent those annoying allergy symptoms.” —Rob Danoff, DO, family physician and program director of the Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency Programs at Aria Health. These are the nine things allergists do to control their own allergies.
“Allergy pills work best”
“Depending on the type of allergies and symptoms experienced, allergy products applied directly inside the nose may have better results than oral medications. Nasal steroids, for example, are often the most effective maintenance treatment for patients with allergic rhinitis and are particularly helpful when patients have nasal congestion. However, you must use nasal steroids properly to get the best effect.” —Skye McKennon, PharmD, clinical assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy
“I swell up like a blimp when I get a mosquito bite, I must be allergic”
“While allergic reactions can occur with stinging insects like yellow jackets, hornets, honey bees, wasps, and fire ants, they do not occur with biting insects such as mosquitoes or chiggers. Mosquito bites cause local swellings (hives) that are itchy but they are not allergic reactions. Use topical calamine or hydrocortisone ointment for itchiness and use mosquito nets and insect repellents to prevent bites.” —Chitra Dinakar, MD, director of FARE Center of Excellence at Children’s Mercy, Kansas City. These are the 13 skin-allergy myths you need to stop believing.