When it comes to allergies, people have their own misconceptions, which gradually turn into MYTHS. And these myths lead to confusions causing them to take unwanted measures. Even many people avoid certain foods or skip vaccinations as they believe they’ll suffer an allergic reaction.
A renowned allergist, David Stukus, spoke about the common misconceptions people do have about allergies and tried to dispelled them at a presentation during the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). He said:
“Many early medical beliefs have been proven to be incorrect as research has advanced. Unfortunately, some of these beliefs are still on the internet, where an astonishing 72 percent of users turn for health information.”
He further explained, “If you think you may have an allergy, you should see a board-certified allergist for proper evaluation, testing, diagnosis, and treatment. “Misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment can be dangerous.”
Here are 6 common misconceptions about the allergic reactions and their treatment. Have a look.
- Hypoallergenic Breeds Help with Cat or Dog Allergies
The hypoallergenic breeds caught the minds of people globally, when recently the US President, Barack Obama and his family were searching for a pet because the eldest daughter of Obama, Malia is allergic. They bought Bo and Sunny, Portuguese Water Dogs and they are believed to be from the hypoallergenic breed.
Stukus reveals, “There is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog or cat. “Allergens are released in saliva, sebaceous glands, and perianal glands. It's not the fur people are allergic to." However, her further adds that soma breeds are more troublesome for those allergic than others.
But, he added, "It is true that some breeds are more troublesome for allergy sufferers than others.”
- Avoid eating bread in Gluten Allergy
Most people suffering from gluten allergy believe to that they have gluten intolerance. However, the reality is that it’s extremely uncommon to have a true allergy to wheat. Stukus explains, “Most allergic reactions to these foods stem from wheat. Many people self-label as having gluten allergy and avoid gluten without any medical indication.”
- Artificial Dyes Cause Allergies & ADHD in Children
While there is no scientific confirmation that supports any link between exposure to artificial coloring and allergies, there are certain studies that claim artificial coloring may cause behavioral changes in children. These changes may include contributing to the increase in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
While reviewing the available studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that only a certain subgroup of children suffering from hyperactivity or other behavioral symptoms may get “small to moderate behavioral changes which may not necessarily be characteristic of an ADHD syndrome.”
- Vaccines Can Cause Egg Allergies
Often those with egg allergies have a false belief that they can’t get vaccines because chicken embryos were used to grow viruses to be used in many vaccines. Here Stukus said, “However, it's now safe to get the flu shot, which can help prevent serious illness.”
Another common myth about vaccines is that they can trigger autism in kids. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there’s no reason to believe vaccines cause autism or other mental disorders.
- Children Younger Than One Year Shouldn’t Eat Highly Allergenic Foods
This myth is actually harmful if your goal is to help your child prevent food allergies. Studies continue to provide evidences that the early introduction of highly allergenic foods, including peanuts and eggs, may promote tolerance.
“For most children, there is no evidence to support avoidance of highly allergenic foods past four to six months of age,” Stukus said.
When it comes to health and fitness, you should not believe on things without proper knowledge. Consult your doctor and rely on their recommendations and suggestions.