There are multiple allergies, ranging from seasonal to food, that can have debilitating effects. In the U.S., more than 50 million people suffer from allergies each year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to allergies, therefore, to effectively deal with them, you need to separate fact from fiction.
Read on down below as our medical experts disprove the top 10 most common allergy myths that may be making you sick.
The Myth: “Short-haired pets won’t trigger allergies.”
When patients float the idea of a non-allergenic pet by Nabeel Farooqui, MD, a practicing allergy and immunology doctor in Fishers, Indianapolis, he says “there’s no such thing.” What people with pet allergies are actually allergic to is dander, the skin and body proteins found in the animal’s urine, saliva, and skin. These white flakes are present regardless of the amount of hair a pet has (this is true for all mammals). If your pet makes you stuffy, the best thing is to keep it outdoors. If that’s not possible, keep your pet in your bedroom—where you spend about one-third of your day—a pet-free zone, don’t allow animals on your furniture, and consider HEPA filters, which can remove dander from the air. Wash your pet at least once a week to help reduce dander levels.