Woman laying in field not dealing with spring allergies

Spring allergies have arrived, and as you’re preparing for the barrage of sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eye symptoms this season you might think back to common myths you’ve heard. While treating your allergies, discover the truth about some of these environmental urban legends.

Myth: You can outgrow seasonal allergies

Fact: Allergies are common in children, and given the amount of time they spend outside it makes sense for them to exhibit symptoms more frequently than adults. With that said, allergies are not a condition that disappears as you get older. Symptoms may subside in geriatric populations over the age of 70.

Myth: Pets with short hair don’t have allergens

Fact: Pet owners might assume that having a dog or cat with shorter hair will limit the amount of allergens they or others will be around. The truth is that pet dander is actually the dead skin cells shed by the pet, and that along with saliva or urine can trigger allergy symptoms. The American Kennel Club website has a list of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic.

Myth: Pollen is the only thing that causes spring allergies

Fact: Pollen is definitely a contributing factor for spring allergies with blooming trees and flowers. However, mold allergies can also occur during this season and any time of year in warm, moist environments. There are also several allergens such as dust mites that are year-round.

Myth: Allergies can only affect you outside

Fact: If you think that your congestion and runny nose will stop when you step back inside, think again. Allergens like pollen can be tracked inside by your clothing and shoes, so it’s important to clean regularly and rely on an air filter and purifier and to change your HVAC air filters on a regular basis.

Myth: Your only treatment options for allergies are avoidance and nasal sprays

Fact: People resigned to allergy symptoms may believe that their only options are to avoid allergens or to use over-the-counter nasal sprays and pills. One very effective method of allergy mitigation is immunotherapy, and CEENTA relies on three options to build up your allergy immunity: allergy shots, tablets, and sublingual drops. As Dr. Nicholas Stowell, CEENTA ENT provider at our Concord office, puts it, “ENT specialists have specialized training in both the medical or surgical care you need for your environmental allergies."

There are a lot of myths about allergies floating around, but one thing is for sure: CEENTA is the place to go for your allergy care. Receive allergy testing from our board-certified physicians along with treatment options best suited for your lifestyle. Schedule your next allergy appointment with Dr. Stowell at our Concord location today to breathe in the new season.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. To make an appointment with any of CEENTA’s ENT doctors, you may schedule online, through myCEENTAchart, or by calling 704-295-3000


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