Honey Therapy Is The New Trend For Allergy Relief. But Is It Safe?

Here’s a list allergy sufferers may want to electronically file under the headline:  cities to avoid.  Yes, it’s time for the 2013 Spring Allergy Capital list from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

This last winter in Dallas (No. 23 on the list) was mild.  Our trees, bushes, and flowers already are blooming, and the doctors’ offices are filling up with patients with allergy complaints.

Some allergy sufferers reach for local honey to help ease their symptoms. Should they?

According to Best Honey Site, Egyptians used honey as a sweetener and for topical treatments. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates told of the healing power of honey. Honey as a sweetener I understand, but why honey for allergies?Can honey help your allergies?

In a recent CW33 (KDAF-TV) interview, Renuka Basavaraju, MD, rheumatologist, allergist, and immunologist on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving, explained the theory this way:

“The logic behind that basically is that bees carry pollen,” Dr. Basavaraju explained. “Then they populate the honey and taking a little bit of that honey everyday probably will confirm the ability to swallow the pollen and will give them immunity.”

Dr. Basavaraju said honey therapy hasn’t been studied enough to know if it really works or not.

“We don’t have a good study that says here you go, we’ve treated 1,000 people with a teaspoon of honey right away and they’ve gotten better,” Dr. Basavaraju said. “There is no study like that so far.”

She said trying honey therapy sounds like one of those “why not? I’ll give it a try” deals. But here’s the why not: for some it can be dangerous.

I don’t have allergies — I just like honey, usually with peanut butter on toast. For those who suffer from allergies, watch a clip from a CW33 TV report to learn why the solution of honey to treat allergies may not be such a sweet deal after all.  Another good idea? Check it out with your own doctor, too.

If you think you may be suffering from severe allergies, find an allergy and immunology physician at Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Susan Hall
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Susan joined Baylor many years ago when Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the only Baylor facility in the area. When not at work, she’s outside – Big Bend National Park is her favorite with Glacier National Park a close second.

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Honey Therapy Is The New Trend For Allergy Relief. But Is It Safe?