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Self-test: Check your allergy trigger I.Q.

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Test your knowledge about avoiding allergy triggers! Select True or False for each statement on the left. Then see how you did by checking the correct answers and explanations.

1. If you are allergic to indoor molds or dust mites, keep humidity under 80%.

a) True

b) False

2. Stuffed animals can make allergies worse.

a) True

b) False

3. Keeping the kitchen clean and taking the garbage out regularly can be helpful for some allergies.

a) True

b) False

4. If you are allergic to your pet, your main option is to find it a new home.

a) True

b) False

5. You can sometimes reduce allergy symptoms by cleaning the mold in your bathroom, and anywhere else you see it growing.

a) True

b) False

var numQuestions = 5; ans[1] = "false"; ans[2] = "true"; ans[3] = "true"; ans[4] = "false"; ans[5] = "true"; explainAnswer[1]="80% humidity is probably NOT good enough. If possible, keep humidity under 50%. Both mold and dust mites love humidity. Air conditioning and dehumidifiers can help get your indoor air humidity below 50%. Consider an inexpensive humidity gauge so you can monitor your home's indoor humidity."; explainAnswer[2]="Stuffed animals, carpeting, and upholstered furniture can contribute to allergies. They all provide a good breeding ground for dust mites. Therefore, people who are allergic to dust mites should keep their exposure to these items as minimal as possible. For children, a room full of stuff animals can be a source of dust and dust mites. Hard flooring can help, so if your symptoms warrant it -- and your budget can afford it -- consider replacing carpeting with hard flooring."; explainAnswer[3]= "Cockroaches are a common cause of allergic reactions,and are a significant trigger of asthma. If cockroaches are a known or suspected allergen, take steps to keep them under control. This means you should remove food crumbs, spills, and garbage as often as possible. Roach traps may help Don't use boric acid or hydromethanon if small children are present. Keep in mind that if you live in an apartment or other multi--family dwelling, cockroaches can be very hard to control no matter what you personally do in your area."; explainAnswer[4]= "Petsare often considered part of the family, so getting rid of the pet is often a 'last resort' (or not even an option) for some people. Much of it depends on how severely your life is impacted by your pet allergy, even after control steps are taken. See an allergist to confirm that your pet is truly the culprit and, if so, to learn how to control the pet's dander. For example, the first thing you should try is keeping the pet out of your bedroom, because you don't want to be lying in allergens for 7 - 8 hours a day. You should also try to keep the pet off your upholstered furniture. You can try a HEPA air cleaner in the bedroom and closing the air ducts in the bedroom. Finally, your allergist can discuss treatment options. "; explainAnswer[5]="Molds can cause allergies year-round. (Remember, allergy testing can confirm whether molds are a problem for you.) Clean moldy bathrooms, and use the exhaust fan during showers to keep the bathroom less humid. The basement is another common mold zone -- examine it for signs of mold growth. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help keep molds under control. Fix water leaks and wash swamp coolers.";

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