Honey Prevents Hay Fever and Other Allergy Myths

From honey prevents seasonal allergies to short haired pets not causing any symptoms, see our list of common allergy myths and the truth about each one. (8 Photos)

Arricca SanSone on Mar 17, 2012 at 4:02PM

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Honey Prevents Hay Fever and Other Allergy Myths

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Eating Local Honey Can Prevent or Treat Seasonal Allergies

Sniffing or sneezing? Join the club: Seasonal allergies (aka allergic rhinitis) cause congestion, runny nose and itchy eyes for 35 million Americans from spring through fall. Learn the truth behind common allergy myths:

 

Truth: This myth probably originated because pollen causes allergies and there are miniscule amounts of pollen in honey; thus, people believe that eating honey can desensitize them to pollen over time. “The problem is that the pollens that cause allergies, which are primarily trees, grasses and weeds, are not the plants bees use for honey,” says Maeve O’Connor, M.D., of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center in Charlotte, NC. “If you like honey, eat it. But there’s no proof it will alleviate or prevent seasonal allergies.”

Reviewed by Marc Sicklick, M.D.

 

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