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Your Healthy Family: Can a beard provide allergy relief?

Posted at 8:54 AM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-09 11:27:39-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – As we kick off no shave November for men’s health awareness, here’s another reason to think about growing a beard, allergy relief.

If your allergies bother you this time of year, ragweed is likely to blame.  Mold may also be high because of rain. Duane Perryman says he doesn’t really have many allergies.  “Not that I know of.”

Just maybe it’s because of his beard says Dr. Michael Moore an ear nose and throat specialist.

“The beard can actually serve as a barrier.”

Dr. Michael Moore adds that beards can keep allergens from getting into your nose and mouth.  “It can filter out allergic triggers such as the ragweed, mold, dust, and animal dander. That barrier can prevent those allergens from entering the body.”

Beards that are well groomed work best

The larger the beard says Dr. Moore the better it filters and can help your body build a tolerance to your allergies.  “It keep those allergens in close proximity to the nose and mouth. Those allergens can then get slowly released overtime, and you can get exposed to an incremental amount (of allergins) that the body can actually use to build up immunity.”

Dr. Moore says there is a key to getting the health benefits of a beard.  “It needs to be washed regularly and groomed to get that benefit.”

Other recommended treatments include over-the-counter medicines.  A a nasal rinse kit can often work wonders when it comes to clearing your sinuses.  If none of those approaches work, you may want to talk to your doctor about allergy shots or drops.