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Common Allergy Myths Busted

Allergy symptoms can include sneezing, and itchy eyes and nose, which are similar to the common cold. Unlike colds, allergies are caused by allergens or things that aggravate your immune system, such as grass and tree pollen, and are not contagious. While colds only last about a week, allergies can last for up to six weeks.

Over time, many people have created their own explanations for the best ways to deal with their allergies. The latest news from MedlinePlus tells the real deal about some allergy myths. Here are the facts:

  • Skin tests are more sensitive than blood tests for diagnosing allergies
  • Prescription medicines are more effective in controlling an allergy-related stuffy nose than over-the-counter antihistamines.
  • Eating local honey will not combat spring allergies
  • Over time, allergy shots may be less costly than taking medicine to relieve allergy symptoms

You can take steps to make the spring allergy season more bearable. According to the FDA, you should:

  • Check the pollen counts and avoid going out when they are high. During the spring, pollen levels are highest in the evening
  • See a doctor if your symptoms interfere with your ability to function or last for a long period.
  • Discuss the possibility of allergy shots with your doctor, if you suffer from severe allergies.

Find more tips on when to get treated for spring allergies.