How much do you know about allergies? Take our allergy quiz to find out

Allergy quiz

How much do you know about allergies? Take our allergy quiz to find out

For most people, allergies aren’t fun. They cause all manner of distress. At best, they’ll give you a runny nose and itchy eyes. But at worst, they can cause a lethal reaction. They affect children and adults, and sometimes it feels like there’s no escape.

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you probably think you know it all. Well, why don’t you put that to the test with our allergy quiz? See how many you can get right! Without further ado, let’s start the quiz.

Question 1: What percentage of the UK population have an allergy?

  1. 5%
  2. 10%
  3. 15%
  4. 20%

Answer: It’s 20%. That means 1 in 5 people in the UK have some sort of allergy. In some parts of the world, it can be as high as 40%! Some of the most common are food allergies and hay fever. Speaking of which…

Question 2: What is the medical name for hay fever?

  1. It’s allergic alveolitis!
  2. Obviously, it’s allergic rhinitis!
  3. It must be allergic conjunctivitis!
  4. I know – it’s allergic laryngitis!

Answer: The technical term is ‘allergic rhinitis’. Common symptoms include a stuffy nose, constant sneezing, and itchy eyes. As we head into summer, a lot of people are about to feel the effects of allergic rhinitis.

Question 3: What causes hay fever?

  1. Flower chlorophyll
  2. Grass cuttings
  3. Plant pollen
  4. Tree leaves

Answer: The culprit causing those sneezing fits is the pollen. Many plants – flowers, trees, and grass – give off pollen and they’re hard to avoid. Even if you stay indoors, they can make their way in through the window or on any pets who have been outside.

Question 4: What is the leading cause of anaphylaxis?

  1. Food allergies
  2. Hay fever
  3. Eczema
  4. Asthma

Answer: Food allergies are the most likely to lead to an anaphylactic shock. This is where your body has a harsh response to an allergen and always requires medical intervention. Unfortunately, they can lead to death, so should always be taken seriously.

Question 5: Which of these can you actually be allergic to?

  1. Touch
  2. Vibrations
  3. Children
  4. All of the above

Answer: Believe it or not, you can be allergic to all of them. There are a lot of strange allergies in the world – trees, jewellery, marshmallows, and even allergy medicine itself. While we’re on the subject…

Question 6: What is the name of allergy medication?

  1. Antihistamines
  2. Antipollegens
  3. Antiantimines
  4. Antipathy

Answer: They are called antihistamines. They aren’t the only way to treat allergies, but most common off-the-shelf anti-allergy drugs are antihistamines.

Question 7: Which of these is an allergy test?

  1. Patch test
  2. Batch test
  3. Catch test
  4. Watch test

Answer: If you go to an allergy doctor, they might perform a… patch test! This is one of many methods allergists use to diagnose an allergy. They will put a small patch on your skin, leave it for 48 hours, and look to see if your body has had a reaction. It’s simple, non-invasive, and pain-free!

So, how did you do? If you got all seven correct then congratulations, it looks like you’ve been paying attention. We’ve talked about all these topics at one point or another and it’s always important you pay attention to the dangers of allergies. The more you know, the safer you can keep you and your family.

If you think you or a loved one might have an undiagnosed allergy, feel free to get in touch with our experts. They are well-equipped to answer any questions you might have. Call us on 02031 433 449 or visit our website.

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