Outdoor Allergy Quiz

Outdoor Allergy Quiz
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About This Quiz

Outdoor allergies, predominantly caused by pollen exposure, can make a nice spring or summer day seem dark and miserable. Take our quiz to learn about the outdoor allergies that affect millions of Americans each year.
When is the best time to be outdoors to avoid pollen exposure?
early morning
noon
late afternoon
Unless you're out before 5 a.m., try to limit your time outside until the evening, during and after rain or on cloudy, humid and calm days.

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How can you reduce pollen inside your home?
Dust and vacuum often.
It's important to dust and vacuum frequently. This will help reduce allergy symptoms related to pollen exposure.
Open windows often.
both of the above

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What indoor air contaminants can worsen pollen related allergy symptoms?
fumes from a wood-burning stove
cigarette smoke
both of the above
Chemical irritants such as fumes from a wood-burning stove and cigarette smoke can worsen your pollen-related allergy symptoms.

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During the summer months, how do you reduce pollen exposure inside your home?
Keep your windows closed.
Use your air conditioner.
both of the above
Although you may want to air out your home, you should keep your windows and doors closed during summer months to avoid pollen exposure. Also consider purchasing a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for your air conditioner, which can filter out pollen.

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What should you wear when the pollen count is high?
glasses
mask
both of the above
If you're very sensitive to pollen, consider wearing wraparound glasses and a mask over your nose and mouth when the pollen count is high. Avoid wearing contact lenses, as pollen can get trapped in your eyes and cause irritation.

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Which outdoor activity stirs up pollen?
mowing the lawn
It's worthwhile to hire a landscaping service if you have pollen-related allergies. Cutting the grass and raking up leaves can stir up large amounts of pollen.
watering the lawn
putting down pine straw

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Where should you plan your vacation if you suffer from pollen-related allergies?
the mountains
the beach
both of the above
Typically, beaches and places that are 5,000 feet above sea level have less pollen. Consider these destinations if you want a sneeze-free vacation.

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When is pollen season?
January through October
Pollen season can begin as early as January, with the pollination of trees. Weeds are the last to pollinate in the late summer and fall.
April through August
June through September

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What kind of pollen is likely to produce allergies?
large pollen cells
small pollen cells
Not all pollen triggers seasonal allergies. Small and light pollen, which is produced in high quantities, is the major source of pollen-related allergies.
pine tree pollen

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What is the most likely source of allergy producing pollen?
trees in the spring
grass in the late spring and summer
both of the above
Seasonal allergy sufferers despise trees in the spring, grass in the late spring and summer, and weeds in the late summer and fall, due to their high quantities of pollen.

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When does grass release its pollen?
in the morning
Pollen counts fluctuate throughout the day. Grass only releases its pollen first thing in the morning, between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
in the afternoon
all day

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What does “the daily pollen count” mean?
how much pollen a honeybee can carry from one flower to the next
amount of pollen in a given area
You may hear “the daily pollen count” mentioned during a weather forecast. It predicts how severe your pollen-related allergies will be for that day. It's the average number of pollen grains per cubic yard of air.
how many types of tree are being pollinated that day

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A high-pollen-producing tree in your backyard could increase your pollen exposure by ________ times, compared to the same tree being planted down the street from your home.
five
seven
10
It's very important to plant low-pollen-producing trees and plants around your home if you suffer from pollen-related allergies. Your pollen-related allergies could decrease tenfold if you follow this wise recommendation.

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What type of shrubs do not produce pollen?
male shrubs
female shrubs
Female shrubs will never produce pollen. Alternatively, male shrubs produce tons of pollen every spring.
neutered shrubs

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Which of the following are consider to be “allergy-free” plants?
azaleas and boxwood
cherry and dogwood
both of the above
Azaleas, boxwood, cherry, dogwood and a whole host of other plants produce heavy and large pollen. This type of pollen is less likely to become airborne and cause pollen-related allergy symptoms.

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What is allergic rhinitis?
allergies related to the rhinitis plant
allergies that cause skin irritation
allergies that cause sneezing and coughing
Allergic rhinitis refers to the runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, wheezing and congestion due to allergens in the air.

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Which holistic therapy has be shown to improve allergy symptoms?
homeopathy
acupuncture
both of the above
Homeopathy can help alleviate congestion, and acupuncture can help relieve sinus pressure.

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How reliable are the claims that honey is beneficial for treating seasonal allergies?
not very
Some people claim honey can help treat pollen-related allergies. However, this claim is anecdotal because there is no solid research evidence to substantiate it.
somewhat reliable
supported by a lot of research

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Eating honey to treat seasonal allergies is thought to be akin to ___________.
a vaccination
The prevailing theory of how honey can treat seasonal allergies is that it acts like a vaccination. Because honey contains pollen spores, it may help your body grow accustomed to pollen, resulting in less likelihood that your immune system will release histamine when exposed to pollen and hence a reduced allergic reaction.
an antihistamine
a homeopathy remedy

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How much honey should you ingest to benefit from its therapeutic allergy fighting effects?
one teaspoon per day
two teaspoons per day
One unpublished research study, from Xavier University in New Orleans, found that ingesting two teaspoons of honey per day has therapeutic effects for decreasing seasonal allergy symptoms.
two tablespoons per day

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