Allergy is one of the most frequently diagnosed medical conditions. It is also one of the most unpredictable and underestimated. Ever since its discovery, most of the medical conditions have even been attributed to it. Due to the complexity of its character and the seriousness of its nature, you might consider that myths do not exist in the domain. Despite that it is a common belief, it is one of the most frequent deceptions.
Food allergy is characterized by the increased sensitivity of the body to food products and the development of food intolerance indications, caused by immune system reactions. It is a well-known fact that various food products may provoke allergic reactions. As a rule, food allergy is developed in the childhood. People with stomach and intestine diseases are more prone to food allergies. Among the reactions of food products intolerance, there are both toxic and non-toxic reactions. As for the reasons of allergy development, they have not been identified with a 100% reliability so far. All that is known comprises the factors that contribute to allergy development. Undoubtedly, that is one of the reasons for creating multiple pseudo-science myth, which we have attempted to bust in this article.
Myth No. 1
I was in contact with the allergen, maybe nothing would happen.
Many studies, as well as recommendations of the World Health Organization, clearly indicate that under no circumstances you must be exposed to the allergen. Most of the time, the allergy is developed on the inside, with no outer signs.
Myth No. 2
I have passed all tests and they do not show any food allergies. Blood tests and skin allergy tests would have determined it if I had any.
As a matter of fact, the blood and skin tests and screenings can only be an early indication of the allergy. Having received that indication, you must take further steps to diagnose the condition you have.
Myth No. 3
I have diagnosed my/my child’s allergy by myself, excluding the food product from daily ratio.
As with other medical conditions, only a series of tests and a consultation with a doctor may reveal the presence of allergy in your body of in the body of your family member.
Myth No. 4
Food allergy is not a real disease.
It is a real disease with its own risks, effects and impact on a human body.
Myth No. 5
Food allergy and intolerance are just the same.
They are not the same. Food intolerance does not have any signs of allergies. It is just the rejection of specific type of foods, while food allergy causes other symptoms, ranging from rather safe to anaphylaxis.
Myth No. 6
I can get rid of my allergy with the help of some revolutionary treatment.
Wrong! Please, do not attempt to treat your body with new, so-called revolutionary treatment. It can harm your body and get your condition worse. Please use only clinically-approved medicine under the supervision of your medical doctor.
Myth No. 7
“May contain” on the product description is merely the indication for the food control agency. It does not mean that the food is contained in the product.
Frequently, “may contain” label is mentioned about peanuts. Studies have proved severe reactions to such foods among the people with allergies to them.
Myth No. 8
Food ratio at schools and public institutions ensure the safety of people taking their meals there.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that allergy phenomenon is widespread, food allergies are different and it is solely up to you to keep an eye on the food you take. There are no common cooking practices, which would ensure full safety of allergic individuals.
Myth No. 9
Airborne exposure to the smell of the food you are allergic to can cause anaphylaxis.
This statement has never been proved in either of the allergy studies. Moreover, the studies conducted in the US prove the opposite.
Myth No. 10
People with allergies cannot have a flu shot.
Of course, the statement is wrong. Unless you have any allergy to the components of the anti-flu injection, you are completely safe to take both period and regular flu shots.
Frequently, people believe that these myths are the truth. It is not right. If you are allergic to any food product, be aware of the widespread pseudo-science and keep those in mind.
If any of the myths were missed in the article, please add them in the commentaries. Your experience and feedback will be most appreciated.