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How to Survive Allergy Season: Trivia Q&A

The more you know… the better you avoid allergies?  Knowledge is key when it comes to surviving allergy season happily and healthily.

Take this quiz to learn what potential allergen triggers are, the start and end of allergy season, symptoms of allergies and how to prevent allergies.   (Answers are at the bottom of this post.)

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  1. What causes allergies?
  2. A. Pollen

    B. Mold

    C. Dust mites

    D. Pet dander

    E. A and B

    F. All of the above

  3. About how many Americans suffer from allergies annually?
  4. A. 5 million

    B. 20 million

    C. 35 million

    D. 50 million

  5. Which allergen causes the most seasonal allergies?
  6. A. Ragweed pollen

    B. Cedar

    C. Mold

    D. Dust

  7. When does allergy season start?
  8. A. January

    B. April

    C. October

    D. None of the above

  9. Choose all that apply: which of the following are natural allergy remedies?
  10. .A. Saline solutions

    B. HEPA filters

    C. Hot showers

    D. Running outside

  11. True or false? The more you’re exposed to allergies, the better chance your symptoms and reactions will decrease.
  12. What is the best way to prevent seasonal allergies?
  13. A. Staying well hydrated

    B. Avoiding the outdoors on high pollen count days

    C. Avoiding contact with pets

    D. Moving somewhere colder

  14. Which of the following are NOT responsible for seasonal allergic reactions?
  15. A. Dust

    B. Fur

    C. Grass

    D. Mold

    E. Pollen

  16. True or false? Cedar causes cedar fever.
  17. True or false? Hay causes hay fever.
  18. Which is one of the worst cities to live in for allergies?
  19. A. Knoxville, TN

    B. San Diego, CA

    C. Portland, OR

    D. Denver, CO

  20. Is being achy a symptom of allergies or a cold?
  21. Are watery eyes typically a symptom of allergies or a cold?
  22. True or false? Eating local honey helps prevent allergies.
  23. How do I know if I have allergies or a cold?

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#1: F, All of the above.  Allergies can be caused by a variety of allergens or triggers.  In addition to what’s mentioned, allergies can be triggered by pets, bug bites, chemicals, and food! Most common food allergies are fish, shellfish, eggs, certain fruits and nuts.

#2: About 50 million Americans suffer from allergies.  

#3: Ragweed pollen, which hits late summer – early fall, is the most common seasonal allergy trigger. The others are also causes of allergies, but less common.

#4: D.  Some allergies are year-round, so there is no set “start” date for certain allergies.

#5: A. B, C. A saline solution, if recommended by a doctor, can be a natural way to loosen up your sinuses and rid them of pollen.  Using a HEPA filter in home helps trap the allergens before distributing them throughout your A/C units.  Hot showers are beneficial in two ways: 1) by showering immediately after being outside, you can remove some of the pollen that may have settled on your body and in your hair and 2) the steam from a hot shower helps open up your nasal passageways.  Running outside would not be advised for seasonal allergy sufferers, especially when pollen counts are high, as they’ll get additional exposure to them.

#6: False.  While some people may grow out of their allergies, it’s impossible to tell if repeated exposure will worsen or lessen symptoms.

#7: B.  Avoiding the outdoors during high pollen count days (see pollen counts in your area here) is the best way to avoid exposure to pollen.

#8: A, B.  Being allergic to dust mites and fur (or animal dander that comes off on fur) is not a seasonal allergy, which is why you experience allergies year-round if you’re allergic to these two things.

#9: False.  The Juniperus ashei tree AKA “mountain cedar” causes cedar fever.

#10 False.  Hay fever can be caused by a variety of allergen triggers like tree, grass or ragweed pollen or even mold or dust mites.

#11 Knoxville, TN is one of the worst cities in the United States for allergies.  It consistently ranks in the top five worst cities for allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America.

#12 Achiness is a symptom of a cold, not allergies.

#13 Watery eyes is more often a symptom of allergies, not a cold.

#14 False.  Unfortunately, despite the myth, there is little supporting scientific evidence to back this claim.

#15. Allergy symptoms are the following: watery and itchy eyes, no fevers, cough, runny and itchy nose. Most of these symptoms can be controlled with over the counter allergy medications. Cold-like symptoms may have a fever having body aches, nasal congestion and cough. Although symptoms are similar, an evaluation by a doctor can help determine if you have a cold that may need further treatment or just allergies that may be resolved with supportive care.

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