Seasonal Allergies Quiz

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1   True or False: Sensitivities to specific allergens (such as pollen) are inherited.

Sensitivities to specific allergens are not inherited, but the tendency to develop allergies can be traced back to your parents. If your mother was allergic to dust mites for example, you might also develop allergies--but not necessarily to the same substance. If one of your parents had allergies, you have a one in three chance of also developing an allergy. This risk jumps as high as 75% if both of your parents had allergies.

1   True or False: If you don't have allergies by the time you're 30, you won't develop them later in life.

Because repeated exposure to substances can prompt an allergic reaction, you are more likely to develop allergies as you get older.

1   True or False: Residents of developed countries (like the U.S.) are more likely to experience allergies than people in developing areas of the world.

Generally speaking, developed countries have much higher incidences of allergies than developing areas of the world. Scientists believe that the clean and sanitized homes of the industrialized world are actually detrimental to the immune system, and that exposure to illness-causing bacteria is necessary for the immune system to function optimally. When your immune system is not challenged by natural foes, it malfunctions and becomes supersensitive to seemingly harmless substances.

1   True or False: There are many precautions you can take as an adult to prevent allergies from developing.

There are no controllable risk factors for adults who wish to decrease their risk of developing allergies, because allergy development isn't related to lifestyle habits. Intervention needs to occur early--during infancy and childhood.

1   True or False: Breastfeeding longer than six months increases a child's risk of developing allergies.

Exclusively breastfeeding your baby for at least six months can greatly reduce her risk of developing food allergies later in life.

1   True or False: Regular use of antibiotics during childhood decreases one's risk of developing allergies later.

Early exposure to antibiotics seems to disrupt the balance between harmful and helpful bacteria in the body, confusing the immune system and therefore increasing a child's risk of developing allergies. Avoiding unnecessary antibiotics may also reduce the risk of developing food allergies.

1   True or False: Having a pet in your home will decrease a child's risk of developing allergies.

The presence of an animal in the home, especially during the first year of life when the immunity system is still developing, has been associated with a decreased risk of allergies to pet dander, as well as to other allergens such as molds and dust mites. In European studies, infants who were exposed to dogs or cats at home had only half as many allergies as children in pet-free homes.

1   True or False: Pollen counts are highest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Pollen counts are highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. If you have allergies to pollen, you should avoid going outdoors during this time frame.

1   True or False: Hot, dry and windy weather increases the amount of pollen and mold in the air, resulting in more severe allergy symptoms.

Allergy symptoms are often minimal on wet, cloudy or windless days because pollen does not circulate well under those conditions. Hot, dry and windy weather, however, increases the amount of pollen and mold in the air, resulting in more severe allergy symptoms.

1   True or False: Washing your cat or dog yourself will help prevent the spread of allergens.

This is a tricky question. For one, you should not wash your cat or dog yourself if you have allergies. If you do the dirty work, you'll be exposed to the pollens and allergens on your pet, increasing your chances of a reaction. Ask a friend or family member to wash your pets regularly to remove any pollens they may have collected while outside.

1   True or False: Vacuuming can blow allergens from your carpet into the air.

Frequent vacuuming is needed to remove surface allergens from carpets, however many vacuums simply blow allergens into the air. Replace your standard vacuum bag with a high filtration multi-layer bag and add a vacuum exhaust filter. You should vacuum daily and use special carpet treatments that inactivate the accumulated allergens and reduce the dust mite population in your carpets.

1   True or False: Taking allergy medications regularly will cure allergies.

Medications like antihistamines only relieve allergy symptoms, not cure them. The only known treatment that can cure allergies is immunotherapy (allergy shots). Nearly 80 percent of people who use these treatments correctly for one to three years will successfully cure their allergies. Talk to your doctor to find out if immunotherapy treatment is right for you.

Visit SparkPeople's Seasonal Allergies Condition Center for more information from Harvard doctors and SparkPeople experts.

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REDROBIN47 5/4/2018 9:34:27 PM
I did not develop allergies until later in life. I could have lived without them.
MAR_V3 3/9/2017 2:28:55 PM
Trick questions are a downerl
KAHANGI 12/16/2015 1:19:21 PM
UMPIREDOMINATOR 6/18/2014 2:36:47 PM
12/12 having to deal with high pollen counts every spring in one of the worst place in the country Chattanooga, I know I should do well even with the truck question of washing your own pet. Woohoo!
HARRIETT14 4/22/2014 10:01:36 AM
No matter how much you think you may know, you're proven wrong.
HARRIETT14 4/22/2014 10:00:51 AM
No matter how much you think you may know, you're proven wrong. Harriet14
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NANCELLLA 3/2/2014 9:42:13 AM
10/12 - darn trick questions. :) LOL
NANCELLLA 3/2/2014 9:40:16 AM
10/12 - darn trick questions. :) LOL
DELLMEL 1/1/2014 10:38:29 AM
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DCC_85 9/23/2013 8:59:55 AM
I just got done sneezing and seen this quiz. 9/12-not bad!
123ELAINE456 8/28/2013 9:43:21 AM
TWELLS93 8/21/2013 9:55:09 AM
I can tell that I don't suffer from seasonal allergies and don't know that much about them. LOL
REDFEATHERBOA 7/22/2013 3:41:36 AM
9/12 - very interesting!
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