Nearly everybody has allergies, and they seem to come with a whole crop of allergy myths, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few common ones, and bust each with a quick shot of truth.
Most of us think we know a lot about allergies, but a good portion of the “facts” we know are, in fact, allergy myths. For example: about a third of us believe we have food allergies, but true food allergies are limited to about two percent of the population. The top culprits? Nuts, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, wheat, and eggs.
The truth is, most food-related illnesses that we mistake for allergies are caused by food poisoning and other factors. Similarly, many of us have other beliefs about allergies that could benefit from the cold light of reality. So step right up with that myth: is it folklore, or is it science?