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Survive Seasonal Allergies

Are you an expert at surviving seasonal allergies? Test your allergy knowledge with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many Americans suffer from seasonal allergies?

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The correct answer is: Approximately 36 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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Which of these is another name for seasonal allergies?

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The correct answer is: Seasonal allergies is also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis and hay fever.

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What causes seasonal allergies?

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The correct answer is: Seasonal allergies are caused by your body's reaction to pollen from trees, grass or weeds. Cigarette smoke and pet dander can cause allergies, just not seasonal ones.

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If you have seasonal allergies, your body mistakes pollen for dust mites or fungal spores. In defense, what natural chemical does your body release?

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The correct answer is: When you inhale pollen, your body releases histamine, a chemical from the immune system. The histamine causes irritation and inflammation in the soft tissue of your sinuses. This inflammation causes your sniffling and other seasonal allergy symptoms.

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Which of these can be a symptom of seasonal allergies?

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The correct answer is: Symptoms of seasonal allergies include a runny or stuffed nose, itchy eyes and throat, sneezing and coughing. Other symptoms may include congested sinuses, headache, and wheezing.

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True or false: Pregnancy may contribute to the development of allergies.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Being exposed to allergens at certain times when the body's defenses are low or weak, such as after a viral infection or during pregnancy, also may contribute to the development of allergies.

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True or false: The only season that brings on seasonal allergies is spring, when most plants are blooming.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You can experience seasonal allergies during any season. However, where you live makes a difference. Tree pollen season usually coincides with spring, which lasts from March to June in the northern part of the country, February to June in the middle region, and January to June in the Sunbelt. Summer means grass and weed season, and fall is time for ragweed.

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Seasonal allergies have many of the same symptoms as the common cold. Which of these is a symptom of seasonal allergies, but rarely a symptom of a cold?

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The correct answer is: Itchy, burning eyes are a common symptom of seasonal allergies, but rarely a symptom of the common cold. Runny nose and nasal congestion can be signs of both the common cold and seasonal allergies.

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True or false: There are no treatments for seasonal allergies. Instead, you have to let the allergies resolve on their own.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Several over-the-counter medicines and prescription medicines can help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

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Which of these medicines is used to treat seasonal allergies?

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The correct answer is: An array of medications are used to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis, including antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids.

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Which of these medicines helps reduce inflammation caused by pollen?

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The correct answer is: Medicines that contain corticosteroids help reduce inflammation and irritation caused by pollen. This medicine is usually in the form of a nose spray or a pill taken orally.

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True or false: Rainy days can make seasonal allergy symptoms worse.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Pollen counts are usually at their lowest on rainy, cool days. They're at their highest on warm, dry days.

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True or false: Sensitivity to seasonal allergens is inherited.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If your family members have any type of allergy, you may be more sensitive to seasonal allergens and more likely to develop seasonal allergies.

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True or false: You can prevent seasonal allergies.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Doctors and researchers are not sure what causes some people's immune systems to overreact to pollen. Therefore, it's not possible to prevent the development of seasonal allergies. However, you can reduce your exposure to the allergens that trigger your allergies.

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Which of these precautions can help reduce your exposure to possible allergy triggers?

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The correct answer is: Keeping doors and windows closed, using special air filters in your home and staying indoors can help reduce your exposure to possible allergy triggers.

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True or false: Showering before bed may help reduce the likelihood you'll suffer from seasonal allergies.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Showering before bedtime can remove any pollen lingering on your hair and skin. This can help reduce your exposure to irritating pollens.

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What time of day do most plants pollinate or release pollen into the air?

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The correct answer is: Most plants release pollen into the air between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. If you're trying to avoid exposure to pollen, stay indoors during these hours. If you must be outdoors during those hours, consider wearing a mask to prevent inhaling the pollen. When you return home, immediately remove your clothes, and shower if possible.

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True or false: If you have seasonal allergies, it's best to avoid drinking a lot of water. The less water your body has, the less mucus it can make, and the faster you'll get better.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Drinking lots of water can help flush your system and remove any foreign irritants (such as pollen) in your system. Getting adequate water is important. It helps thin out mucus and supports sinus drainage. Aim to drink 8 six- to eight-ounce glasses a day.

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True or false: Dusting and vacuuming carpets will stir up allergens, so it's best to avoid cleaning to reduce your risk of exposure.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Regular cleanings can help keep allergens from building up in carpets and on surfaces. Dust, sweep, and vacuum at least once a week, including curtains, blinds and vents.

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True or false: There are no natural remedies to help children with seasonal allergies.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Some patients benefit symptomatically from nasal saline rinse, which washes out debris and pollens. But there is not enough strong evidence to recommend the use of herbal supplementation, acupuncture, or "special diets" for the treatment of allergic rhinitis.

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Allergies

About one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance such as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold. Other common triggers include foods such as peanuts and ...milk; insect bites; and certain ingredients in cosmetics and jewelry. Allergies can cause anything from rashes and hives to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and wheezing. More