There are a lot of interesting ideas floating around out there about allergies. Some have their basis in reality but have become distorted over time. Others are true, and some are patently false.
The following are some of the common myths about allergies:
- People who are allergic to cow’s milk should opt for goat’s milk instead. The casein proteins in goat’s milk are very similar to those of cow’s milk. If you are allergic to cow’s milk, you will be allergic to goat’s milk, too.
- Adrenaline injectors could jeopardize heart health. Adrenaline auto-injectors can save the lives of people suffering from severe allergic reactions. They are to be administered in the thigh muscle the moment a serious allergy attack starts. A mistake in the administration of the adrenaline may cause an accelerated heartbeat, but your heart rate should normalize soon. The benefits of the auto-injectors outweigh the risks.
- You can build a tolerance to your egg or cow’s milk allergy by eating these items from time to time. There are ways to desensitize the body to allergens, but you should do this under the direction of a physician—not in your own way through dietary choices that could compromise your health.
- Allergies are all in the head. Some people have classified allergic reactions as psychosomatic, but allergies are very much a physical problem. Even if you will the body not to overreact to allergens, it will still respond to them with troublesome symptoms due to chemical reactions in the body that your mind cannot control. An allergy is your body’s reaction to triggers like pollen, dust, mold, pet dander and food, and it will occur whether you think about it or not.
- Kids with egg allergy should refuse the MMR vaccine. Not all vaccines are produced from eggs. The flu and yellow fever vaccines include eggs and should be avoided in people with egg allergy. The MMR vaccine has no egg protein and is safe to be administered to children with egg allergies.
- Antihistamines become less effective with ongoing use. Antihistamines can be taken over long periods without reduced effectiveness, but note that they do have side effects that could negatively affect your health.
If you have allergies, talk to an allergy doctor to make sure that you are separating fact from fiction. Your doctor can recommend the best allergy treatment for your needs.