5 myths and truths about allergies and asthma
These myths about asthma and allergies are commonly mistaken as facts. Make sure you know the difference so you can treat your symptoms correctly
Cans pets worsen allergy symptoms?
Myth: Some dog breeds, such as Chihuahuas, are better for people with asthma and allergies.
Reality: It's the protein in the pet's saliva, dander, and urine that causes allergies in some individuals, not the hair. Since all dogs have dander, saliva, and urine, there are no particular breeds that are better for people with asthma and allergies.
Can you cure allergies?
Myth: Asthma can be cured
Reality: There is no cure for asthma. However, with the proper diagnosis and treatment, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives with little disturbance to quality of life.
Can you move away from allergies?
Myth: Moving to Southwestern states will cure asthma and allergies.
Reality: Moving to Southwestern states may relieve allergies for a few months, but new allergies to local plants in the new area can develop within a short period of time. There is no place you can move to escape from allergies and asthma.
Can children outgrow asthma?
Myth: Children outgrow asthma
Reality: Asthma is a chronic state of hyperresponsiveness. Some children have asthma symptoms that clear up during adolescence, while others worsen, but the tendency toward oversensitive airways remains. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict a child's clinical progress.
How serious are allergies?
Myth: Allergies are a harmless problem
Reality: Allergies are a serious problem and should be treated effectively. If left untreated, they can lead to decreased quality of life, including impaired sleep and learning ability as well as absences from school and work. Untreated allergies can also result in other chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma and sinusitis, and skin disorders such as eczema and urticaria (hives). Some allergies, such as those to foods, drugs, and insect stings, can even lead to life-threatening anaphylaxis - a systemic allergic reaction that can sometimes be fatal.