Medical Myth "Will eating honey relieve my allergy symptoms?" - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

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

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

Posted: Updated:
CHARLESTON, SC -

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.

  • Tigers lose top returning rusher for season

    Tigers lose top returning rusher for season

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:14:53 GMT
    Clemson, S.C.—Clemson junior running back Zac Brooks, Clemson's top returning rusher from last season, suffered a foot injury Monday night in practice and will be lost for the season. “Zac was having an outstanding camp and was ready for a terrific year,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “The plan is for Zac to sit out this year due to the injury and come back next year as a red-shirt junior. This is a big loss because he is such a reliable player in all phases of the game. He knows the offens...
    Clemson, S.C.—Clemson junior running back Zac Brooks, Clemson's top returning rusher from last season, suffered a foot injury Monday night in practice and will be lost for the season. “Zac was having an outstanding camp and was ready for a terrific year,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “The plan is for Zac to sit out this year due to the injury and come back next year as a red-shirt junior. This is a big loss because he is such a reliable player in all phases of the game. He knows the offens...
  • Florida man arrested for Ravenel road rage incident

    Florida man arrested for Ravenel road rage incident

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:30:23 GMT
    Curtis Ray WhitehurstCurtis Ray Whitehurst
    55 year old Curtis Ray Whitehurst of St. Petersburg, Florida, was arrested on two counts of Assault and Battery 1st Degree by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.On Wednesday, August 20th at 8:00 am, Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Sunoco Gas Station on Hwy 17 in Ravenel to investigate a road rage incident where a gun was fired.According to deputies, a Ford Ranger was traveling north on HWY 17. A semi-truck, driven by Whitehurst approached the ranger from behin...
    55 year old Curtis Ray Whitehurst of St. Petersburg, Florida, was arrested on two counts of Assault and Battery 1st Degree by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.On Wednesday, August 20th at 8:00 am, Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Sunoco Gas Station on Hwy 17 in Ravenel to investigate a road rage incident where a gun was fired.According to deputies, a Ford Ranger was traveling north on HWY 17. A semi-truck, driven by Whitehurst approached the ranger from behin...
  • No. 9 South Carolina turns to youth in secondary

    No. 9 South Carolina turns to youth in secondary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:26:16 GMT
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier has said several times that No. 9 South Carolina has plenty of good players, just no one knows it yet.The Gamecocks coach better hope that's especially true in the secondary where the club enters the season without last year's lockdown standouts Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree - and will lean heavily on freshmen Chris Lammons, Wesley Green and Al Harris Jr. to rotate into the mix this fall.With about a week before the Gamecocks open at home against No. 21 ...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier has said several times that No. 9 South Carolina has plenty of good players, just no one knows it yet.The Gamecocks coach better hope that's especially true in the secondary where the club enters the season without last year's lockdown standouts Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree - and will lean heavily on freshmen Chris Lammons, Wesley Green and Al Harris Jr. to rotate into the mix this fall.With about a week before the Gamecocks open at home against No. 21 ...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.