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Allergy Myths

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You're not imagining it,  the windy weather can make your allergies worse.

Dr. James Haden, Allergist says "The pollen that cause allergies for the most part are wind-pollinated from trees and from grass, and so the more wind, the more pollen and the more evenly-distributed the pollen becomes so the more people suffer."

But some things, you think you know about allergies, simply aren't true ... like the one about short-haired pets.

Dr. James Haden, Allergist says "People will purchase a dog that they've been told is not going to cause any allergies, and that's not true. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog or cat."

And speaking of dogs, some people believe that Chihuahuas can cure asthma ... which is often triggered by allergies.

Dr. James Haden, Allergist says "That's my favorite one, because people will come in and say my kids having asthma and I have 5 Chihuahuas, I don't understand!"

Another misconception, it takes years for allergy shots to work.

Dr. James Haden, Allergist says "You can change how long it takes for the allergy shots to kick in. Traditionally it takes several months of doing shots -- kind of the traditional or old fashioned way -- but with rush, you do an all day jump start to the shot process, and then your shots can start kicking in a matter of weeks."

But doctors say one of the biggest myths is that you have to suffer. you don't. But it's a good idea to find out what you're allergic to.

Dr. James Haden, Allergist says "If you can anticipate when your allergy season is going to begin and start on your medicines before that, it's much easier to prevent symptoms than to treat it when they're out of control."


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Another myth is that flowers are to blame for your symptoms.

They're not, doctors say the lightweight pollens of trees, grasses and weeds in the air are usually what makes you suffer.




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