Allergy Myths (Part 2)
Thursday 24th April
There are lots of conflicting advice and guidance available about allergies but we’re helping to set the record straight with our myth-busting series. Take a look at some of the most common myths about allergies – and the facts behind them…
Does taking medication cure an allergy?
In general there are no cures for allergies – but there are medications available which can help ease your symptoms. These can include over-the-counter medications as well as those available on prescription. For example antihistamines can be taken to relieve your allergy symptoms and are available in a variety of forms: pills, liquid, nasal spray or eye drops. Allergy shots can also increase your ability to tolerate allergens.
Find out more about allergy medications.
Does pet fur trigger allergies?
A pet allergy is actually an allergic reaction to the proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, urine or saliva rather than just the fur. When animals groom themselves saliva can coat their skin fur or feathers and the skin cells covered in saliva (‘animal dander’) are shed along with loose hairs and fur. So whilst animals with fur can cause reactions, sufferers are not actually reacting simply to the fur. Pet allergies can cause symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose and asthma.
Find out more about pet allergies.
Children will always grow out of their allergies?
Some children with allergies may grow up to become more tolerant of their allergens (e.g. eggs or diary) and also a change in how their immune system responds to certain foods can occur meaning the allergy goes away entirely. This is not always the case however and allergies can continue into adulthood.
Find out more about child allergies.
If you have an egg allergy, you can’t get a flu vaccination?
Not true. Whilst some flu vaccines are made using eggs (which means they have a tiny amount of egg protein in them), this doesn't necessarily mean that if you're allergic to eggs you can't get a flu vaccination.
Egg-free flu jabs have become available and if you speak with your GP they may be able to find a suitable vaccine with a low egg content. If you have a severe egg allergy you may also be referred to a specialist to have your vaccination.
Find out more about egg allergies.