Growing up in the Ohio Valley, you get accustomed to seeing people sneezing and coughing due to seasonal allergies. Now, I never had allergies as a child, but when I hit 21, I too started developing allergy symptoms. There is a lot of misinformation out there about seasonal allergies, some of which I fell for when I was trying to figure out what was going on with my sinuses. Here are five of the biggest myths and some lesser-known facts about seasonal allergies.
Seasonal Allergies Never Worsen
I personally know a lot of people who think their allergies will be the same every year, but this is not true, because they can worsen over time. I have noticed this myself because before I just used to sneeze here and there, but the past five years it is just increasing in frequency, and it seems to be happening sooner than I remember. As temperatures rise quicker, pollen and Ragweed are also coming around sooner than before, so people will notice their allergies flaring up sometimes months before previous years. I know that they have to worsen over time because my symptoms the past two years have been worse than the previous years all combined, and that is never a good sign of things to come since I am only 26.
You Can’t Get Allergies As An Adult
This is a common myth, and one of the myths that I fell for until I began experiencing allergies at about age 21. Where I live, it is really common for people to develop allergies at some point in their life, irregardless of whether or not they had allergies as a child. I always thought I would never get allergies because I never had one symptom as a child, but I was wrong because it happens quite often. Most people will develop allergies before they turn 30, although allergies can even begin after that, especially if you live in an area where Ragweed or pollen are in abundance. I guess the misconception comes from the fact that you hear a lot about adults having allergies throughout their life, but getting them later on is something people just don’t talk about as much.
Allergies Can’t Give You Bad Breath
The fact of the matter is that allergies can give you bad breath, especially if you have a lot of postnasal drip, and if you are taking various medications to combat allergies. The medications you might be taking will commonly lead to you suffering from dry mouth, and bad breath is a common side effect of having a dry mouth. Sometimes you might have a weird metallic taste in your mouth if it is dry, and this can cause bad breath, and also lead to gum disease and tooth decay. If you have allergies, you might want to keep the breath mints handy, so you don’t become embarrassed, and it can also help keep your mouth wet.
You Become Immune to Allergy Medications
A lot of people seem to think that taking the same medications for allergies will make them become immune to it over time, which is just not true. There have been no studies to ever conclude that there is a tolerance or immunity to allergy medications that are used over a period of years. In reality, it likely means that the allergies have worsened over time, meaning the medications might not be as effective as when the symptoms were more mild and manageable. Tolerance is a real thing, such as if you are taking opiates or illegal drugs like Heroin, but tolerance has nothing to do with the way your allergy medication works. If you find that your allergy medication is not working as well, you might have to use a stronger product or look to a prescription strength product to relieve the symptoms.
Adults Can’t Get Allergy Shots
I remember as a kid, I would hear other kids crying because they were in the back getting allergy shots, but what about adults? I always heard that adults could not get an allergy shot because it wouldn’t work, and that is also a myth that people have been saying for many years, and I fell for it. If you have hay fever, no matter what your age, allergy shots will help you about 85 percent of the time. Allergy shots are often given in phases to help your body build immunity to that specific allergen, and the immunity can occur whether you are a child or person that is age 30. If you have fairly severe allergy symptoms as an adult, you might want to check into getting an allergy shot, because it more than likely will help you. Personally, I will be looking into getting an allergy shot if my symptoms progress much more over the next few years, simply because there is no need to suffer if you don’t have to.