6 Myths About … Allergies
Do you believe any of these commonly held misconceptions about allergies? Then it looks like you’re allergic — to the truth!
By Camille Lamb
MYTH #3: You can build tolerance to allergy meds
Histamines cause things like nasal congestion, sneezing, and the awful feeling that your stuffed-up head is about to explode. When you take meds that block histamines (hence the name, antihistamines), your body’s suffering is eased. But unlike antibiotics, you won’t need to keep upping your dosage after prolonged usage.
MYTH #4: It’s all that g*ddamn animal fur
Pet allergies affect 10 to 15 percent of Americans. If you’re one of those people, don’t blame it on Cujo’s fur — blame it on his dander. Animals like cats, dogs, and Mogwai send dead skin (dander) into the air whenever they sit, rollover, or hump your leg. You can choose a breed that sheds less often, which will result in less dander. But you’ll never find a truly “hypo-allergenic” breed; they don’t exist.