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Debunking 4 Common Myths About Allergies

September 14, 2017

walk in clinicWhen it comes to allergies, many people cringe at the word alone, but the sneezy symptoms that come along with them can make allergies unbearable and seemingly inescapable. To make matters worse, there is so much incorrect information that gets circulated, which makes it harder for allergy sufferers to separate fact from fiction in order to get the help they need. Here are just a few common myths about allergies.

Allergies are permanent.

Depending on the type and severity of the allergy, it may not be permanent. People often outgrow their allergies, especially seasonal allergies, as immune systems can improve over the years. Moving to an area with less pollen is also a viable solution.

Allergies are untreatable.

Many people assume that the only treatment options for allergies are over-the-counter allergy pills that work for just a few hours. However, modern medicine has allowed for the development of expanded and longer term treatment options. Immunotherapy is just one option, which entails exposing the person with allergies to small but gradually increasing doses of whatever it is they’re allergic to. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology cites allergy shots as the most popular allergy treatment option.

Most people who think they have allergies really just have a cold.

While colds last for approximately seven to 10 days and often have worse symptoms such as fevers and body aches, allergies are more consistent. The key difference, aside from symptoms and length of illness, is that allergies feel like the beginning stages of a cold, when sniffles and sneezes are in full swing.

“When in doubt, see an allergist to determine if your sniffling, sneezing, and itchy nose are due to allergies or something else,” says Neeta Ogden, MD, allergist in private practice in Englewood, New Jersey, member of the Medical-Scientific Council of the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, and spokesperson for the ACAAI.

Walk in clinics don’t have any viable treatment options for those who suffer from allergies.

Contrary to popular belief, walk in clinics offer allergy shots and a number of other treatment methods. In fact, almost two-thirds of centers employ a mix of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, and 65% of centers have at least one physician on-site at all times. Urgent care centers are an affordable and reliable way to seek treatment without the inconveniences or costs associated with doctors’ offices and emergency rooms.

Ultimately, being aware of these common myths about allergies is the best way to stay informed and understand your treatment options. For more information about walk in clinics, contact AFC/Doctors Express.