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Medical Myth "Will eating honey relieve my allergy symptoms?"

Medical Myth "Will eating honey relieve my allergy symptoms?"

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If you have been battling the headaches, sniffles and sneezing that come along with the season, you may have also been told to eat a spoonful of locally grown honey to relieve your symptoms.  But Dr. Sonia Baines, Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina says eating honey and the pollens it's made from won't fix your seasonal allergies.

"Most of the pollen that is in honey is not the same kind of pollen.  The pollen that is in honey is a heavier denser pollen that bees pick up when they are jumping from flower to flower and that pollen is not lightweight it is not air borne." Dr. Baines said

She says it's the tree, grass and weeds that are the allergy pollens. The pollens bees use in honey are the heavy, sticky pollens from flowers that rely on bees to spread it so the plants can reproduce.

"That heavier pollen is not airborne and hence it does not cause allergy symptoms You have to be able to inhale whatever you are allergic to in order to have an allergic reaction to it."

Spring allergies are a result of pollen from trees, which can start pollinating anytime from February to April, depending on the climate and location. Trees that are known to cause severe allergies include oak, pecan, sycamore, maple, and cypress.

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