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Busting popular allergy myths

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Allergists are working to bust some of the most common allergy myths at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The first myth they're busting? There's no such thing as hypoallergenic pets. All animals release some kind of allergen, regardless of their hair length and breed.

Another popular one they're taking down, "gluten allergy." 

Allergists say people can have allergies to wheat, or celiac disease, but gluten is not recognized as an allergen.

Celiac disease is when the immune system reacts adversely to gluten and causes stomach discomfort.

Finally, the group says children as young as four to six months old should try eggs and peanut products as long as the food is not a choking hazard. Many experts now feel early introduction would lead to tolerance.

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