This year’s relatively warm winter led to a mild flu season that was the latest in over two decades. Which was nice, because it meant fewer people were sick overall. But now, those same mild months may mean a perfect storm of sniffling and sneezing, because they could lead to an early onset of allergy season, creating an overlap between the two. Yup, that runny nose may not be due to a late-blooming flu, but rather, prematurely high pollen counts. It’s time to brush up on your seasonal allergy knowledge to make sure you can separate myths from facts.
Just as flu myths and wive’s tales prevail during the chilly months, when the first crocuses begin to bud, so, too, do the fallacies surrounding allergy season. Seemingly-sensible pieces of advice (like eating local honey) get passed between friends, old assumptions (like that flowers cause irritation) get repeated, and, as a result, people suffer through watery eyes and boogery noses, waiting for relief that probably won’t come.
Flip through this gallery to see some of the most commonly-held allergy myths, and why they’re simply not true. Good luck this season!
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