Apr 24, 2010 10:04 AM by NBC

Some of the myths about allergies

Windy Spring weather is whipping up allergies in many of us, and it could be triggering asthma problems in some people, too.

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

Dr. James Haden, an 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."

Another misconception is that it takes years for allergy shots to work. Dr. James Haden 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 in a matter of weeks."

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.

Doctors say one of the biggest myths is that you have to suffer, and you don't. Doctor's say to prevent this, is to have a good idea what you're allergic to. Dr. James Haden, 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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