Achoo! 8 Allergy Myths Busted by Facts

Achoo! 8 Allergy Myths Busted by Facts

Say hello to a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing fits: It’s the start of allergy season for more than 24.2 million Americans. And this year, say experts, symptoms may be worse than ever.

“Global warming is extending the growing and pollinating season, and that extends the allergy season,” explains Bryan Martin, vice president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and director of Ohio State University’s allergy/immunology fellowship program. Thanks to a wetter and longer-than-normal winter, “we’re going to have a walloping allergy season this year.”

Even if you’re familiar with the symptoms of allergies, you may have misconceptions about what causes them and how to stop the sniffling. Here are eight common allergy myths, busted.

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