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Debunking allergy myths

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From peanuts to eggs to cats and dogs, find out fact from fiction regarding allergies and allergy treatments.

Myth 1# If allergic to gluten, avoid bread.

Fact: Many who think that they have a gluten allergy, they are likely to have gluten intolerance. It is very rare to see people being allergic to wheat. Most of them label themselves as having a gluten allergy without having undergone any medical test. Celiac disease is a kind of gluten allergy.


Myth 2# Iodine contrast dyes can affect those allergic to shellfish.

Fact: Iodine is used during a CT scan because it gives a better image of organs and vessels in the human body. Many doctors think that those suffering from shellfish allergies should avoid contrast dyes. But the fact is iodine is present in the human body. Some can be hypersensitive to iodine and the result could be anaphylaxis.

Myth 3# Hypoallergic breeds can help tackle pet allergies.

Fact: There is no such thing as hypoallergic cats or dogs because allergens are released through saliva, skin cells and urine, instead of fur. But there is no denying that there are some breeds that can be bothersome to allergic patients.

Myth 4# Those allergic to eggs should avoid flu shots.

Fact: It is believed that embryos of chicken are used to grow the virus that are used in many vaccines. There have been more than 25 plus clinical trials done to prove that vaccines do not have egg protein and are safe for people allergic to eggs.

Myth 5# Wearing a long sleeve shirt and trousers can keep one away from poison ivy.

Fact: Experts suggest that the oil from the poison ivy can survive on the surface for years. This means that if your clothes brush through the oil, it will easily stick to your clothes. It is advisable to dispose of the clothes if allergic to the oil of poison ivy. 85% American suffers from this problem.

Myth 6# Vitamin C is beneficial to allergic people.

Fact: High dosage of Vitamin C can reduce the histamine level in the body, but eating fruits might not be a good option. Apple, grapes, banana, peaches, plums can create symptoms similar to pollen reactions from grass and plants. Microwave the fruit for 10 seconds to neutralize the proteins and avoid the peel.


Myth 7# Peanut allergy is the most common allergy.

Fact: Peanut allergy might be the most common allergy in particular populations, but allergies can vary according to culture and age. Children are more prone to be allergic to peanuts, egg and milk; adults to seafood. In countries like Japan where fish is a staple food, fish allergy is quite common.


Consult an allergy expert today to debunk the myth surrounding your allergy

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