Seasonal Allergy Facts

  • What causes seasonal allergies?

     

    A. Not spending enough time outdoors

     

    B. Spending too much time outdoors

     

    C. An immune system reaction

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is an immune system reaction. Your immune system normally protects your body against harmful bacteria and viruses. If you have seasonal allergies, this system reacts strongly to harmless pollens. Seasonal allergies are also sometimes called hay fever.
  • What are common seasonal allergy symptoms?

     

    A. Itchy nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin, or any area

     

    B. Problems with smell

     

    C. Runny nose

     

    D. Sneezing

     

    E. Tearing eyes

     

    F. All of the above

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is all of the above. When you come in contact with an allergy trigger, your body releases the chemical histamine. This causes allergy symptoms. Other symptoms include cough, sore throat, puffy eyes, tiredness, and headache. Tell your doctor if you notice allergy symptoms.
  • What else can cause allergy symptoms in some people?

     

    A. Dust mites

     

    B. Pet dander (dead skin that sheds)

     

    C. Mold

     

    D. A and B

     

    E. A, B, and C

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is A, B, and C. These triggers create symptoms that affect the nose. It's not always easy to know what is causing allergy symptoms. If you start sneezing and your nose runs, write down what you were doing when symptoms started. Learning what causes your symptoms can help you avoid allergy triggers.
  • Your doctor can do tests to find out what causes your allergies.

     

    A. True

     

    B. False

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is true. Your doctor can test you to see what causes an allergic reaction. The most common is a skin prick test. A small amount of a possible allergy trigger is placed on your skin. Then the skin is gently pricked to allow it to go under the skin. If you have swelling or redness, you are allergic.
  • What can you do to avoid allergy triggers?

     

    A. Reduce dust and dust mites in the home.

     

    B. Control molds indoors and out.

     

    C. Learn when pollen counts are high and avoid being outdoors.

     

    D. Never go outside and get rid of your pets.

     

    E. A, B, and C.

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is A, B, and C. To reduce allergy triggers in your home, install furnace filters or other air filters. Use a dehumidifier to dry the air in your house and prevent mold. If you have pets, don't let them in your bedroom or on furniture. Pay attention to pollen levels in your area, and avoid going outside when levels are high.
  • What produces the pollen that causes allergies?

     

    A. Trees that produce pollen in the spring

     

    B. Grasses that produce pollen during the late spring and summer

     

    C. Ragweed and other late-blooming plants that produce pollen in late summer and early autumn

     

    D. All of the above

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is all of the above. If you get seasonal allergies, work with your doctor to find out what you are allergic to.
  • Pollen levels are highest on cool, damp, rainy days.

     

    A. True

     

    B. False

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is false. More pollen is in the air on hot, dry, windy days. The amount of pollen in the air can affect whether hay fever symptoms develop. Check for pollen count in your area in the news or online. Stay indoors in air conditioning if possible when counts are high.
  • Which can treat allergies?

     

    A. Eye drops

     

    B. Pills

     

    C. Injections

     

    D. Nasal sprays

     

    E. All of the above

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is all of the above. Common medicines include antihistamines, corticosteroids, and decongestants. Treatments are available over-the-counter and by prescription. Your doctor will recommend a medicine based on what you are allergic to and how severe your allergies are.
  • Allergy shots can treat severe seasonal allergies.

     

    A. True

     

    B. False

    Correct Answer
    The correct answer is true. Your doctor may recommend shots if you can't avoid allergy triggers and your symptoms are hard to control. You will get regular shots of the substance that causes the reaction. Allergy shots help your body adjust and stop reacting to the allergy trigger. Ask your doctor if this therapy is right for you.