Think You Know About Allergies? Busting Common Allergy Myths

Allergies affect millions of people around the world so it’s no wonder that many misconceptions about this common health issue exist. From myths revolving around the causes of allergy , allergy medications, and more – it’s easy to get the wrong information. However, as with anything related to your health, it’s important to know the myths from the facts. This should give you an idea on how to manage your allergies and help you to know what to do in case of an emergency.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths related to allergies.

Myths about Allergies

Myth 1: Food allergies in children last forever

Reality: Most food allergies in kids do not last forever.

A food allergy is an unusual bodily response to a particular food. The most common food allergies among children are those linked to eggs, milk, and peanuts. Wheat, soy and tree nut allergies are also quite prevalent. It’s not true that all food allergies in children last forever – most kids usually “outgrow” many food allergies. However, some causes of allergy, such as peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, and fish may be lifelong1.

Myth 2: Allergies are not dangerous

Reality: Undiagnosed, unmanaged allergies can be very harmful to your health.

Undiagnosed or poorly managed allergies can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life. For example, allergic rhinitis which has a 20% prevalence rate in the Phillipines,2 can lead to poor sleep quality, resulting in daytime tiredness and sleepiness. This makes it harder for adults to focus on their jobs and day-to-day tasks, and children to concentrate on schoolwork. The lack of sleep could also affect mood.

Meanwhile, allergies that are not addressed can aggravate respiratory issues like asthma, and skin conditions like eczema and urticaria . Finally, some allergies to food, some drugs, and insect venom can result in a potentially life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis that causes swelling of the airways and difficulty in breathing. Exposure to these causes of allergy can result in fatalities without emergency management3.

Myth 3: You only take allergy medications when you have symptoms

Reality: Most food allergies in kids do not last forever.

If you know you’re heading into high pollen season, or you are going somewhere with a lot of haze or pollution, taking an allergy medication like an antihistamine can help prevent or reduce the symptoms of a fully-blown allergy attack. Essentially, this helps “turn off” your defense system against those allergens or causes of allergy4.

Myth 4: Allergies can be cured

Reality: There is currently no cure for allergies.

However, allergy sufferers can live active lives with little disruption to their daily activities if their allergy is diagnosed correctly and they have a proper management plan in place. Allergen immunotherapy (desensitization) may help prevent some allergies like allergic rhinitis. But it doesn’t cover the breadth of different types of allergy.3

One of the best ways to get relief from allergies is by taking an antihistamine when symptoms flare up. Manage your allergies with Loratadine (Claritin®). It’s non-drowsy vs. first generation antihistamines and cetirizine, works in as fast as 15 minutes, and lasts up to 24 hours.

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  3. Common Myths about Allergy and Asthma Exposed. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. 2019. Retrieved on December 8, 2021 from
  4. The secret to an easier allergy season. Harvard Health Publishing. Published on November 13, 2017. Retrieved on December 8, 2021 from