Suffering from allergies as spring delivers beautiful blooms and lots of pollen? Test your knowledge of seasonal allergies, causes and solutions, with this quiz.
1. Pollen is released into the air by which of the following?
a.) Grass, trees and weeds
b.) Apple, cherry and other fruit trees
c.) Female trees
d.) Rose bushes
(The answer is a. Grass, trees and weeds. The pollen you see on your car and outdoor furniture comes from certain trees, shrubs, grasses, and weeds. It is lightweight and can be carried by the air for miles. Fruit bearing trees and flowering plants produce flowers that are pollinated by bees and other insects, instead of air circulation. Female trees release no pollen.)
2. How many people suffer annually from seasonal allergies?
a.) 58 million people suffer each year in the US with seasonal allergic rhinitis, aka hay fever.
b.) 28 million people suffer each year in the US with seasonal allergic rhinitis, aka hay fever.
c.) 100 million people suffer each year in the US with seasonal allergic rhinitis, aka hay fever.
d.) 15 million people suffer each year in the US with seasonal allergic rhinitis, aka hay fever.
(The answer is a, 58 million, according to statistics reported on webmd.com)
3. Which city in the USA is the worst for spring allergies?
a.) Memphis, Tennessee
b.) Jackson, Mississippi
c.) McAllen, Texas
d.) Providence, Rhode Island
(According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s ranking of the worst cities for spring allergies all of these cities listed above ranked in the top four in 2018. The answer is c, McAllen, Texas. Jackson, Mississippi holds second place, Providence, Rhode Island is in third place and Memphis, TN is in fourth place. Wonder how pollen can be so prevalent in large cities? Air pollution may be a contributing factor as it keeps pollen particles circulating in the air you breathe. Also, cities generally plant male trees because they require less maintenance than female trees which produce fruit and seed pods. Here's a list of the 25 worst cities for spring allergies in 2018.
4. Which grass is a better choice to plant if you suffer with seasonal allergies?
a.) Bermuda grass
b.) St. Augustine grass
c.) Johnson grass
d.) Kentucky bluegrass
(The answer is b. St. Augustine grass is a better choice to plant. Grasses that produce the most pollen or are attributed to provoking allergy symptoms include: Bermuda, fescue, Johnson, Kentucky bluegrass, rye, and Timothy.)
5. Which is not a symptom of pollen allergy?
a.) Watery eyes
b.) Sneezing or sinus pressure
c.) Runny or stuffy nose
(The answer is d. indigestion)
6. Where does hay fever come from?
a.) Hay fever occurs when you run a high fever.
b.) Hay fever is caused from being near a hay farm.
c.) Hay fever is caused by tree, grass and weed pollen.
d.) Living on a farm causes children to have hay fever and other allergies.
(The answer is c – Hay fever is caused by tree, grass, and weed pollen, as well as mold spores. Studies show that children growing up on farms are less likely to have allergies.)
7. Which of these helps relieve seasonal allergy symptoms naturally?
a.) Saline nose rinse
d.) Vitamin C
(The answer is all of the above. Use a saline rinse in a bulb syringe or neti pot to remove pollen from your nose. Quercetin, probiotics, and vitamin C are available in supplement form. Quercetin is an antioxidant reported to reduce pollen allergy symptoms. It stabilizes cell membranes that release allergy causing histamine. Probiotics combat allergic reactions by enhancing immune responses. Vitamin C eases inflammation, and helps reduce the release of histamine.)
8. Which food should you avoid if you have seasonal allergies?
a.) Warm broth
b.) Raw, local honey
c.) Chamomile tea
d.) Pineapple, fresh
( If you’re allergic to ragweed, you shouldn’t drink chamomile tea. The answer is c. chamomile tea. Heated broth warms your airways, and helps to thin the mucus in your lungs. Consuming local raw honey harvested within a 50-mile radius, helps build immunity to allergens and is a good source of the antioxidant, Quercetin. Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that increases the effectiveness of Quercetin, which reduces inflammation and pollen allergy symptoms.)
9. Which location is low in pollen?
b.) Forest or mountains
c.) Rural countryside or farmland
d.) Botanical gardens or zoo
(The answer is a. To take a vacation from pollen, visit the beach. Although some grasses are present, pollen is less apt to be in a beach environment than any of the other settings, and the salt air is good for the sinuses.)
10. When are pollen counts at their lowest?
a.) Morning to early afternoon
b.) Dry, windy days
c.) Hot, sunny days
d.) Cool, cloudy or rainy days
(Time of day and weather conditions affect pollen levels. The correct answer is d. Pollen counts are the lowest on cool days, right after a heavy rain, and in the late afternoon through evening. )
Got seasonal allergies? Before heading outdoors, get the allergy forecast. Check your local weather app or news source to determine if allergy levels are mild, moderate or severe in your area.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is a nonfiction author, and editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of seven books including, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Deborah has been a regular lifestyle feature writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.
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