Allergy Fact vs. Fiction

Dr. Archelle Georgiou helps us separate fact from fiction when it comes to seasonal allergies!

Myth #1: Mowing the lawn makes allergies worse (because it spreads pollen in the air)

FALSE: Most types of grass release pollen only when they grow tall. Keep that lawn mowed!

Myth #2: There’s one allergy season

FALSE: In Minnesota, there are three allergy seasons with different pollen spikes

  • April-May: Trees
  • June-July: Grasses
  • Mid-June-Frost: Weeds

Myth #3: Certain foods can make pollen allergies worse. TRUE: If you are allergic to certain pollens, you might also be “allergic” to certain fruits and vegetables. Proteins in the foods are similar to those in pollen and trigger the same allergic response.

  • Tree pollen: apples, almonds, carrots, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, kiwi, peaches, pears, plums
  • Grass pollen: celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomatoes
  • Weed pollen: banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini

Myth #4: Sleeping with your pet doesn’t affect seasonal allergies.

FALSE: Pets can trap pollen in their fur and bring it inside. Keep your pet out of the bedroom if you need relief. Also try showering before bed to get pollen out of your hair and off your bedsheets.

Myth #5: Over the counter medications are effective TRUE: But you need to look for the right ingredients. Look for “triamcinolone”. It’s found in Nasacort, Allegra, Zyrtec, Claritin and Alaway.

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