Allergy myths busted

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The rain is good for the land, but it’s causing people with allergies to suffer.

There are two major myths that are often believed about allergies. The first is that flowers are a common trigger for season allergies.

Flower pollens are relatively heavy and fall to the ground, rather than lingering in the air.

But pollens from trees (such as birch, oak, elm, maple and cottonwood), grasses, and weeds are very light and stay airborne for a long time, hence the irritation to allergies.

The second highly believed myth is that eating local honey helps relieve seasonal allergy symptoms.

It’s true that bees collect pollen from plants, and honey has pollens in it from the local area. But as stated earlier, the wind-carried pollens from trees, grasses and weeds that cause seasonal allergies are very light and stay airborne for a long time.

That means the pollen in bee honey comes from flowers, and is very heavy and falls to the ground.

So pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds are really what’s irritating your allergies.


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