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The Truth About Allergy Myths

DATING AND ALLERGIES, OH MY.

TIPS ON DATING WITH ALLERGIES

If you have allergies, dating may be a challenge. A sneezefest is not a turn-on. Rubbing itchy, watery eyes may give the impression you’re bored and tired. Yes, dating can be no picnic (especially when you’re on a picnic during pollen season). So if you do have allergy symptoms, here are some dating scenarios you may find yourself in or want to avoid.

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A NOT SO ROMANTIC WALK IN THE PARK
Grass pollen can set off seasonal allergies. So can mold found on logs and fallen leaves.1 This can leave you reaching for a pack of tissues when you’d like to be holding someone’s hand instead. Give yourself a break and suggest a not so pollen-ridden way to pass the time. 

 

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UNEXPECTED TEARS
Itchy, watery eyes may be confused for crying. And crying on the first date at a casual café over a latté, may give pause about date number two. Suggestion: Explain to your date it’s the high pollen count, not how the date is going. Or call them tears of joy.

 

 

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HERE, KITTY KITTY
About 30-37% of American homes has at least one cat.2 If you’re among the 15-30% of people allergic to typical domestic pets, this can present certain challenges when meeting your date’s dear animal.3 If you know your date is a pet-owner, plan ahead and take your allergy medication.

 

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DUSTY DOMICILE
So you’re invited up for a cup of coffee at the end of the date. But you’re allergic to their dusty house! This situation is embarrassing for both people involved. Dust mites are extremely common. Fortunately, many dust mite situations can be relieved with some serious dusting, cleaning, sweeping, and a HEPA air filter.4

 

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MOLD ATTACK
Mold allergies peak in the fall and are common indoors and out. Sneezing, coughing and runny nose are typical mold allergy symptoms. So when you’re planning your perfect fall outing you might want to avoid rolling around in piles of fall leaves or spending too much time at the pumpkin patch.5

Sources:

1. Pollen and Mold Counts. (1995, January 1). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, http://acaai.org/allergies

2. Eye (Ocular) Allergy Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics

3. Pet Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, https://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=24&cont=347

4. Dust Allergy. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, http://acaai.org/allergies/types/dust-allergy

5. Pollen and Mold Counts. (1995, January 1). Retrieved May 1, 2015 from, http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=18&cont=234