With all of the hype, sometimes, facts get lost in the fray of things. Take for example Bo Obama. He’s not a
hypoallergenic dog. Sure, some dogs do have hair rather than fur, but they can still have the dander that can cause allergies for some people. Likewise, there is no
allergy to gluten. Celiac disease is something else entirely. A presentation given at the annual meeting of the American college of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology looks to bust these myths and bring science back into the picture.
After years of dealing with patients who hold fiercely to beliefs that are just wrong about allergies, Dr David Stukus put this presentation together in hopes of fighting Dr Google. Stukus said,
It was shocking to me, the amount of misinformation that is available to the general public. He is an allergist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University.
- If you are allergic to dogs or cats, you should get a hypoallergenic breed
There is no such thing as a totally
hypoallergenic pet.According to Stukus,
every single pet will secrete allergens.Long hair doesn’t make a difference as the dander doesn’t actually come from the fur. It comes from saliva, sweat glands, and urine.
For the real animal lovers, there’s good news. You may be more sensitive to some breeds than others. The only way to tell is by spending time around different breeds. You can tell and go from there. Stukus has instructed his patients to literally rub their faces on the animal.
There is no such thing as a gluten allergy/sensitivity
There is no such thing as an
allergyto gluten, despite all of the people who insist that they are sensitive to gluten and need gluten free foods. Unless you have Celiac disease, you realistically shouldn’t worry about it.
Gluten has been blamed for all that ails humanity.Celiac disease and wheat allergies would be real. Stukus says,
Then there’s this claim about
gluten allergy, which doesn’t really exist. It’s not really a recognized allergy. Wheat is a recognized allergy – but a lot of people will misinterpret that as gluten.
Black mold can cause some serious diseases
If you Google
black mold, you will find that it has been linked to a lot of different issues like seizures, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, and even cancer. Stukus clarifies though,
This has been attributed to cause all kinds of ailments, but there is absolutely no scientific link of a causal disorder to black mold to any of these disorders.The most black mold is likely to do is realistically to cause allergic rhinitis and asthma, assuming you’re allergic to black mold in the first place.
You shouldn’t get flu shots if you have an egg allergy
This has hit the fans. Allergists can understand where it comes from to a certain degree. Egg embryos from chickens are used to grow the viruses in vaccines for influenza, rabies, yellow fever, and MMR. However, while the small amount of egg protein that could be in the vaccines sounds concerning to parents, it’s unlikely to have a serious effect.
It is only if a person has a history of severe anaphylaxis associated with eating eggs that you should be concerned. Even with severe reactions that do not include anaphylaxis, the vaccine is still most likely safe. However, they recommend seeing an allergist before you get a flu shot. There are currently egg free vaccines offered. MMR is safe for anyone with a history of egg allergies, but rabies and yellow fever are currently not.
No milk til age 1, no eggs til age 2, and no nuts til age 3
Food allergies are scary, and you don’t want to be facing an emergency, I understand. There are some kids who do better when mom doesn’t eat dairy products, and nuts are one of the most common food allergies. However, this is old information that has stayed around despite evidence to the contrary.
There is no evidence to support the idea that you should avoid these foods in children past 4 to 6 months of age.
In the allergy community, the stance has sort of reversed 180 degrees. We used to think avoidance reduced allegies; now, we think early introduction leads to tolerance.
Use the Internet for guidance, but don’t rely on it as your sole source of health information. It’s a great place to formulate questions that you can take to physicians.