Sinclair Cares: Allergy fact or fiction
May is asthma and allergy awareness month.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
Working in partnership with our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health and safety matters.
We believe it's our responsibility and privilege.
Jennifer Gilbert shows you some common myths about allergies, and some facts that may surprise you.
Allergist Dr. David Golden addresses some of the more common myths about allergies.
Myth #1: Allergies are harmless
"Anaphylaxis is a generalized total body allergic reaction to food or drugs or insect stings that can be life threatening or fatal in some cases."
Myth #2: The hypoallergenic dog
"Hypoallergenic dogs do release less of the allergy protein that causes the allergy, but in time it still builds up."
Myth #3: House is so clean, there can't be dust allergies
"The cleanest most spotless home is still going to have dust mites in certain areas. My mattress, and your mattress and everybody's mattress has high levels of dust mites in it."
In addition to the myths that are out there, there are a few things that may sound like fiction that are actually true, like thunderstorm asthma, which is real and can be deadly for people with grass allergies.
Dr. Golden said, "In Australia last year there were hundreds of emergency room admissions and some deaths, because of thunderstorm, because the thunderstorm basically breaks up all those grass particles and dissolves them in the moisture and throws it back down in the rain, so that rain in that thunderstorm is really 'grass soup.'"
The bottom line is if you suffer from allergies, it's best to see a professional, not just to improve the quality of your life, but to possibly save it.