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Quiz Yourself on Fall Allergies

1.      Someone with hay fever has an allergy to which of these?

a. Animal dander

b. Pollen

c. Dust mites

d. All the above

2.      Which of these is a main culprit for hay fever in the fall?

a. Ragweed

b. Cherry trees

c. Magnolias

d. Fall-blooming flowers

3.      Which of the following is true regarding the pollens that cause allergies?

a. They vary from person to person.

b. They are the same for everyone.

c. They vary from region to region.

d. A and C

4.      Allergy symptoms are most likely to arise under which of these weather conditions?

a. Hot, dry, and windy

b. Cool

c. Damp and rainy

d. All the above

5.      Which of these is a common allergy symptom?

a. Itchy nose, mouth, and eyes

b. Runny or stuffy nose

c. Sneezing

d. All the above

6.      Which of these tests can determine your allergy trigger?

a. Skin test

b. Blood test

c. X-ray

d. A and B

7.      Which of these can help treat seasonal allergies?

a. Antihistamines and decongestants

b. Nasal steroid sprays

c. Allergy shots

d. All the above

8.      When raking leaves or working outdoors, you can reduce allergic reactions by doing which of these?

a. Not touching your eyes or face

b. Wearing a face mask

c. Leaving shoes and gloves used for yard work outside

d. All the above

9.      When should you see a doctor because of fall allergies?

a. You have severe symptoms

b. A previously effective treatment no longer helps

c. Your symptoms do not respond to treatment

d. All the above

10.  What should you do before seeing an allergist?

a. Record your symptoms.

b. Write down questions.

c. Prepare to provide your medical history.

d. All the above

Answers

1.       B—POLLEN. Hay fever is also known as “allergic rhinitis.” It is an allergic reaction to pollen.

2.       A—RAGWEED. This weed comes in 17 varieties and typically blooms from August into November. In general, grass and trees are more likely than flowers to cause allergy symptoms.

3.      D—A AND C. Pollen is a fine powder that can be carried through the air and easily inhaled.

4.      A—HOT, DRY, AND WINDY. These conditions are likely to leave more pollen in the air than rainy, cloudy days. Unseasonably warm weather in the fall can cause hay fever symptoms to last longer.

5.      D—ALL THE ABOVE. Tearing eyes and problems with smell can also occur.

6.       D—A AND B. Knowing what you are specifically allergic to can help you lessen or prevent exposure and treat reactions.

7.       D—ALL THE ABOVE. Your doctor can determine the best course of treatment based on your age, symptoms, and overall health. Talk with him or her about which treatment options will work best for you.

8.       D—ALL THE ABOVE. Showering right after yard work can also help. Also limit your time outdoors between 5 and 10 a.m. when there is more pollen in the air.

9.      D—ALL THE ABOVE. If you find that your symptoms are interfering with your daily activities, or keeping you from participating in activities you enjoy, you should see your doctor.

10.  D—ALL THE ABOVE. You should also write down whether you’ve missed any school or work due to your allergies in the past year. This information will help the doctor determine a treatment, and you don’t want to forget to mention it.

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