The Truth About Honey & Allergies: Does It Work? -

The Truth About Honey & Allergies

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For some people plagued by seasonal allergies, local honey has been said to offer them relief, but does it work?

Beekeeper Phillip Marlow in Inman has been making honey for years, and he says some of his clients find the honey to be helpful.

"It helps me, and it helps my neighbor. He swears by it," Marlow said as bees swarmed about as he showed off his hives -- and honey.

But the home remedy doesn't have much muster, according to allergist Dr. Emmanuel Sarmiento.

"I hate to bring bad news to those people," the doctor said, but "it's really a myth that honey containing the pollen will cure or treat allergies."

Sarmiento says allergies are genetic, and people who are truly allergic can find relief only through traditional medicines, like antihistamines and nasal sprays.

By ingesting honey with pollen, allergic patients may be doing more harm than good, he said.

"When you're giving a honey with pollen in it, you're actually giving the person the one thing that makes them sick," he said.

But for Marlow, and thousands of others who swear by honey's effects, it's simply the sweet truth.

"All I know is what people tell me."


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