The Ultimate Creating an Allergen-Free Bedroom Quiz

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The Ultimate Creating an Allergen-Free Bedroom Quiz
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What sneezes, has a runny nose and teary eyes? You, when you have allergies! But you don't need to suffer, for you can reduce the allergens in your home and especially in your sleeping area with relative ease. Take this quiz and learn five ways to do this.
It's springtime, the flowers are in full bloom and you're sneezing a lot. What could be the problem?
lactose intolerance
allergens
Chances are that you're suffering from the seasonal allergens in the air.
hair lice

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Will reducing the allergens in your bedroom solve your allergy problems?
not at all
yes, absolutely
not necessarily
It might, although not necessarily. You might have allergies all year round, but at least you can allergen-proof your bedroom to make it as comfortable as possible during the high-allergen season.

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Why should you keep pets out of your bedroom?
because they have lots of allergens: hair, dander, even their saliva
Pets are walking allergen-producing machines. Their hair, dander, even saliva may be causing you to suffer.
because they might wet your floor
because they're not human

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If you can't keep Rover outside all the time, where should you put him?
in a well-ventilated, easy-to-clean room
Choose a well-ventilated room that's also easy to clean. That way, the allergens he introduces will have an outlet and won't remain in your home.
at the foot of your bed
in your lounge room

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You might have pollen and other allergens on you whenever you walk into your own home. What can you do about it?
Wear a protective face mask inside so that the pollen won't affect you.
Spray yourself with an insecticide when you enter your home.
Leave your shoes and outer clothes outside your bedroom or even at the front door.
At best, leave your shoes and outer gear at the front door. If you can't, then at least take them off before going into your bedroom.

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Which of these might contain pollen?
newspapers and magazines
plants and flowers
The most likely place would be plants and flowers. Resist the urge to bring fresh flowers into your domain.
wicker furniture

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Your husband wants to surprise you with flowers. What should he buy that would be least harmful to you?
violets
lilies
He should go with lilies or other flowers with similarly large stamens. This is because he can remove the stamens (where the pollen is stored) before he walks in the door saying "Surprise!"
pansies

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Can dead bugs cause an allergic reaction?
Yes, and so can live ones.
Both live ones and dead ones can cause an allergic reaction. Yikes!
No, only live ones.
Yes, only dead ones can.

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What percentage of the population could have an allergic reaction to cockroaches?
as little as 5 percent
as much as 20 percent
as much as 50 percent
As much as half the population could be affected by cockroaches (and not only psychologically speaking).

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Why shouldn't you use over-the-counter chemicals to debug your home?
because they are toxic
because they aren't powerful enough
because they might exacerbate your allergy problems
They themselves might exacerbate your allergy problems. You should call in the professionals instead.

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How can you prevent bugs from entering your home?
Store food well, remove standing water and seal gaps and cracks.
You might not be able to prevent them totally, but you can at least reduce their numbers. Store food in seal-tight containers, remove any standing water and seal up all cracks, holes and gaps in your walls and flooring.
Put up signs saying No Entry to Bugs.
You can't.

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Which of these are most popular among dust mites?
linoleum or vinyl floors
hard, wooden flooring
soft carpets
When dust mites see soft carpets, it's party time! That's why you should avoid having soft carpets and rugs in your bedroom.

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How often should you vacuum your floors?
twice a week
Twice a week would be ideal. And if you have a high-efficiency performance (HEPA) filter, that's great!
twice a month
twice a year

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At what temperature should you wash your linens to eliminate dust mites and allergens?
less than 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius)
at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius)
The temperature should be no less than 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius). If it's less, there's no guarantee that it'll kill the tiny critters.
more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius)

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How do you get rid of dust mites and allergens from your kids' soft teddies?
Vacuum them often.
Put them in a warm oven for a while.
Put them in the freezer for a few hours.
This is a real nifty trick -- just put them in the freezer for a few hours. The cold temperature will knock the dust mites dead.

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What shouldn't you dust your shelves with?
an electrostatic cloth
a feather duster
Don't use a feather duster. All it does is push the dirt around.
a damp rag

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With regard to bedding and linens, what should you steer clear from?
down feathers
Down feathers -- no offense to ducks -- are one of the worst offenders. They are very likely to trigger allergies.
cotton
organic materials

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Why is it important to buy low-volatile organic compounds (low-VOC) products?
because VOCs can trigger allergies and affect air quality
VOCs are harmful in two ways. They can trigger allergies and affect air quality. So, look for low-VOCs when you shop.
because they're natural
because it's politically correct

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What is considered the ideal humidity level in your home?
25 percent
50 percent
Fifty percent is considered the ideal. Anything higher will encourage bacteria growth and mold. Lower humidity, on the other hand, will be too dry and won't prevent the circulation of allergens.
75 percent

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What is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attitude toward duct cleaning?
It is considered a routine maintenance procedure.
It shouldn't be considered a routine maintenance procedure.
According to the EPA, duct cleaning should not be considered a routine maintenance procedure.
It is not beneficial at all.

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