The Truth About Food Allergies
Wow, this could answer what we all have wondered, since when did people become allergic to foods?
We all grew up and the only allergy we knew of were from pets or outdoors. And over the past decade food allergies have become the craze.
And now come the REAL truth to being allergic to foods.
Despite the craze for gluten-free foods, there's no such thing as an actual 'allergy' to gluten, myth-busting experts say.
Two truths about allergies that may blow your mind: Bo Obama isn’t a hypoallergenic dog, and nobody is actually “allergic” to gluten.
These are just two examples of the myths allergists would very much like to bust, according to a presentation being given today at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy,
The found the main reason misdiagnosed allergies have gotten worse because of people medical Googling.
They found a shocking amount of misinformation that is available to the general public online.
So here are the myth’s:
Myth 1: If you’re allergic to cats or dogs, it’s best to stick with hypoallergenic breeds.
There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic pet, because every single pet will secrete allergens.
And it doesn’t make much of a difference if the pet has short or long hair, because the dander that people are allergic to doesn’t come from the fur – it comes from the animal’s saliva, sweat glands and urine.
Myth 2: No bread for me; I’m allergic to gluten!
There are only three disorders you can attribute to gluten on a scientific basis, he says: celiac disease, wheat allergies and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Wheat is a recognized allergy — but a lot of people will misinterpret that as gluten.”
Myth 3: Black mold can cause some truly terrifying diseases.
Google “black mold” and you’ll find websites linking it to some frightening maladies – things like seizures, fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder, cancer.
There is absolutely no scientific link of a causal disorder to black mold to any of these disorders.
But the most black mold can do to you is cause allergic rhinitis and asthma symptoms — if, that is, you're allergic to mold in the first place.
Myth 4: If you have an egg allergy, you should never get a flu shot.
This is a hot topic right now, but unless people have a history of a severe reaction called anaphylaxis in response to eating eggs, flu shots are safe for people with egg allergies.
Myth 5: For little ones, the rules are these: No milk until age 1, no eggs until age 2, and no nuts until age 3.
There is no evidence to support avoidance of these highly allergenic foods past 4 to 6 months of age