Outdoor Allergy Quiz

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4 Min 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?

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?

It's important to dust and vacuum frequently. This will help reduce allergy symptoms related to pollen exposure.

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What indoor air contaminants can worsen pollen related allergy symptoms?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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Where should you plan your vacation if you suffer from pollen-related allergies?

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?

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.

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What kind of pollen is likely to produce allergies?

Not all pollen triggers seasonal allergies. Small and light pollen, which is produced in high quantities, is the major source of pollen-related allergies.

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What is the most likely source of allergy producing pollen?

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?

Pollen counts fluctuate throughout the day. Grass only releases its pollen first thing in the morning, between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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What does “the daily pollen count” mean?

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.

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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.

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?

Female shrubs will never produce pollen. Alternatively, male shrubs produce tons of pollen every spring.

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Which of the following are consider to be “allergy-free” plants?

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?

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 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?

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.

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Eating honey to treat seasonal allergies is thought to be akin to ___________.

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.

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How much honey should you ingest to benefit from its therapeutic allergy fighting effects?

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.

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