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When someone is allergic to a specific food, the immune system deems that food as harmful and usually responds within a few minutes. Histamine is released to fight the harmful food and symptoms such as itching, hives, and wheezing appear. In the most serious cases, a trip to the emergency room is necessary.
Myth: I’m allergic to dog fur.
In reality, those who experience an allergic reaction around dogs or cats are not allergic to the animals’ fur. Instead, the allergens come from the animals’ saliva, perianal glands, and sebaceous glands. While there are breeds of both cats and dogs that are described as being hypoallergenic, the truth is that no animal is completely hypoallergenic.
Myth: I’m allergic to gluten and can’t eat wheat.
While gluten intolerance is somewhat common, being allergic to the protein of wheat is extremely rare. If you question a potential aversion to gluten, see an allergist near you for further discussion and analysis. Save yourself a lot of hassle and money by getting an accurate evaluation from an allergy specialist.
To learn more about this topic, check out this Medical News Today article.