Is everything you've heard about allergy season true?

(NBC) - You're not imagining it, the windy weather is making your allergies worse.

"The pollen that cause allergies for the most part are wind-pollinated from trees and from grass, and so the more wind, the more pollen and the more evenly-distributed the pollen becomes so the more people suffer," explains allergist Dr. James Haden.

Still, some things you think you know about allergies simply aren't true, like the myth about short-haired pets.

"People will purchase a dog that they've been told is not going to cause any allergies, and that's not true. There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog or cat," Dr. Haden said.

Speaking of dogs, some people believe that chihuahuas can cure asthma, which is often triggered by allergies.

"That's my favorite one, because people will come in and say my kids having asthma and I have five chihuahuas, I don't understand," Dr. Haden said.

Another misconception is that it takes years for allergy shots to work.

"You can change how long it takes for the allergy shots to kick in. Traditionally it takes several months of doing shots, kind of the traditional or old fashioned way, but with rush, you do an all day jump start to the shot process, and then your shots can start kicking in in a matter of weeks," Dr. Haden said.

Doctors say one of the biggest myths is that you have to suffer.

You don't, but it's a good idea to find out what you're allergic to.

"If you can anticipate when your allergy season is going to begin and start on your medicines before that, it's much easier to prevent symptoms than to treat it when they're out of control," Dr. Haden said.

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