March 25, 2018 | Categories: Health
More than 40 million people are living with respiratory allergies. See if you know these lesser-known allergy facts with this quiz, which may give you a welcome reprieve from symptoms and reduce your exposure to allergy triggers. Here are some of the common misconceptions about allergies and allergy triggers.
Answer: A. True
While stress doesn’t cause allergies, it has been found to exacerbate and prolong allergy symptoms. In a study published in 2014 in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, people with allergies who had persistent stress in their lives experienced more allergy flares. Conversely, another study published in Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience in 2011 found that people living with allergies are more susceptible to stress and developing anxiety and mood disorders. To stay physically and mentally healthy, it’s important to participate in activities that reduce stress, such as exercise, yoga, or meditation.
A: Banning pets from the bedroom.
B. Keeping your pets off the couch or furniture.
C. Washing your pet once a week.
Answer: B. Keeping your pets off the couch or furniture
Since cat and dog dander is mainly airborne, keeping pets off the couch won’t completely reduce your allergen exposure. A better step: Keep your pets out of your bedroom, and use a HEPA air purifier in the rooms your pets are usually in. If you have a central heating or air conditioning, place small air filters over the vents in all the rooms to prevent pet dander from spreading throughout your home.
Answer: Itching of the soles of your feet
Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is characterized by nasal stuffiness, sneezing, nasal itching, clear nasal discharge, and itching of the roof of the mouth or ears. If you’re having a hard time managing your allergies, talk to your allergist about extra steps you can take to reduce symptoms, including more frequent cleaning or trying different medications.
Take the full quiz on EverydayHealth.com.
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