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Cold, Flu or Allergies?

Runny nose, allergies or aches? Test your knowledge of seasonal cold and flu symptoms.

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Cold, Flu or Allergies?
Cold, Flu or Allergies?
Question 1 of 20 Correct

If a child has been sneezing for a few days and has a runny nose, which of the following indicates an allergy?

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The correct answer is: All three together indicate allergies.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What does a yellow-green nasal discharge indicate?

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The correct answer is: Yellow-green discharge indicates a cold, because allergic nasal discharge is usually clear.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What are itchy, watery eyes an indication of?

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The correct answer is: Allergies tend to cause an inflammation of the membrane covering the inner eyelids, resulting in itchy, watery eyes.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which lasts longer, allergies or colds?

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The correct answer is: Colds usually last about 7-10 days, but allergies can continue throughout the season.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How effective are over-the-counter cold medications?

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The correct answer is: There is no real evidence that over-the-counter medicines work.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following usually causes allergies?

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The correct answer is: Any of these can cause allergies.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What causes allergies?

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The correct answer is: Both a person's genes and environment contribute to a susceptibility to allergies.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Are allergies life-threatening?

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The correct answer is: Only in cases of severe reaction can an allergy be life-threatening. Anaphylactic shock is a rapid and sometimes fatal allergic reaction.

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If you have a low fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches that came on gradually, what are you probably suffering from?

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The correct answer is: Both conditions can have similar symptoms, but the flu is usually worse. It tends to appear suddenly and cause a higher fever, above 102 degrees.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is used to treat the flu?

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The correct answer is: The only treatment is antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir and zanamivir.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Are allergies contagious?

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The correct answer is: Allergies are individual reactions to allergens and are not contagious.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can be worsened by flu?

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The correct answer is: Flu can cause complications for all three conditions.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Should an asthmatic get a flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine?

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The correct answer is: An asthmatic person should get the flu shot as the nasal spray could trigger asthma symptoms.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is common to both colds and allergies?

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The correct answer is: Sinus infections are common to sufferers from both colds and allergies.

Cold, Flu or Allergies?
Question 15 of 20 Correct

How effective is allergy testing through muscle relaxation (applied kinesiology)?

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The correct answer is: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology does not believe applied kinesiology to be useful or effective.

Cold, Flu or Allergies?
Question 16 of 20 Correct

Can you get the flu even if you get a flu shot?

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The correct answer is: It's possible to come down with the flu even after getting the vaccine, but only if you were exposed to the virus before vaccination or during the two week window period before the vaccine becomes effective.

Cold, Flu or Allergies?
Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which is the most common allergy test?

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The correct answer is: The skin test (patch test) is the most common allergy test.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How long does it take for a result to show in a skin test?

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The correct answer is: A reaction to most allergens occurs within about 15 minutes.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When are blood tests used?

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The correct answer is: If there is a skin condition that could interfere with skin testing, blood tests are performed.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Does a challenge test (in which a small amount of allergen is inhaled or swallowed) have to be supervised by an allergist?

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The correct answer is: Only an allergist can safely perform the tests.

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Colds and flu are both viral infections, but have different symptoms. With a cold you will have symptoms such as a runny nose or a sore throat. Flu symptoms come on suddenly and may include fever, body aches or vomiting. While the...

re is no cure for either, there are treatments -- chicken soup, nasal sprays, rest -- which can help your feel better.
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