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ABC busts the top three allergy myths

Doctors dispute any real effect honey can have on your allergies, but say it can't hurt.

If you suffer from seasonal or indoor allergies, You're probably willing to try just about anything to reduce your symptoms. But there are some myths about relieving seasonal allergies that have little or no basis in reality.

Myth #1: A spoonful of local honey a day will help to relieve pollen allergy symptoms – Research concerning this common allergy-relief myth is contradictory, with some studies saying that it makes no difference and others saying that it considerably reduces allergy symptoms. The doctor consulted by ABC suggested trying it, honey won't hurt anyone.

Myth #2: If you're struggling with seasonal allergies, move to the desert – This might have come to you as serious advice from someone dealing with particularly bad symptoms. It turns out, though, that desert climates still have grass and ragweed allergens, so this isn't likely to be helpful.

Myth #3: Allergic to pet dander? Get a hypoallergenic dog – Unfortunately for those who would love to have a dog but are allergic, the myth that some breeds are "hypoallergenic" just isn't true. According to studies, all dog breeds have relatively the same amount of dander. The reporter noted, though, that people with allergies might do better with a short-haired breed that doesn't shed as much.

If you're trying anything to put a stop to your seasonal symptoms, you can skip these myths that you might have heard, since they're not based in much truth. Go for something proven to lessen your suffering instead, like using a whole house air purifier and making sure that you always wash your bedding in hot water.

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