Children's Health and Wellness

How Much Do You Know About Allergies?

Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Learn how to better deal with them by taking the following quiz.

1. Which of these body systems causes allergic reactions?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Antibodies are released to protect the body against a perceived threat.A. Endocrine B. Immune C. Nervous D. Autonomic 2. An allergen is anything that triggers an allergic or hypersensitive response. Which of these could be an allergen?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is All of the above.A. Dust B. Food C. Nickel jewelry D. All of the above 3. What does the body release to combat allergens?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is This causes the redness, itching and swelling associated with inflammation.A. Plasma B. Epinephrine C. Histamine D. Red blood cells 4. The most severe form of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. What happens?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is The throat or tongue also swells, cutting off access to air. Call 911 if someone you're with has this reaction.A. Blood pressure drops B. Breathing becomes difficult C. Runny nose develops D. A and B 5. Which of these symptoms may indicate a food allergy?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Food allergies rarely cause a runny nose or other respiratory symptoms.A. Hives B. Runny nose C. Diarrhea D. Nausea 6. Which of these foods are most likely to trigger an allergy?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is A and B.A. Shellfish B. Wheat C. Celery D. A and B 7. More Americans are developing a sensitivity to the plant proteins in latex materials or the chemical additives used in manufacturing the materials. Who's most at risk of developing a latex allergy?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Latex is used in surgical gloves, and people who come in close contact with the gloves inhale latex proteins.A. People who undergo numerous medical procedures B. Health care workers C. Children D. A and B 8. Pediatricians who treat children with egg allergies are cautious about using certain vaccines because they may be grown in an egg medium. Which of these vaccines warrant caution?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is A. MMR B. Flu C. Polio D. A and B 9. Dust mites trigger indoor respiratory allergies. Where are you most likely to find them in the home?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is The mites live where people spend a long period of time. Washing sheets and blankets in hot water and using mattress and pillow covers will reduce triggers.A. Carpet B. Beds C. Drapes D. All of the above Your score was:
Print Source: Adverse Reactions to Vaccines. Kelso J. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. 2009 Oct;103:S1-S14.
Print Source: Vitality magazine/February 2000
Online Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/food-allergy.aspx
Online Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/Library/At-a-Glance/Latex-Allergy.aspx
Online Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/patients/elements/2009/12/1209_elements.pdf
Online Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/foodallergy.stm
Online Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/latexallergy.stm
Online Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/patients/question-week/default.asp?contentid=10376
Online Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/professionals/ask-the-expert/view.asp?id=10085
Online Source: MMR vaccine, CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/should-not-vacc.htm#mmr
Online Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseaseshttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/default.htm
Online Source: Immune cells and their products, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseaseshttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/immunesystem/immunecells/Pages/default.aspx
Online Source: Mounting an Immune Response, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseaseshttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/immuneSystem/Pages/response.aspx
Online Source: The structure of the immune system, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseaseshttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/immunesystem/Pages/structure.aspx
Online Source: What is the immune system? National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseaseshttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/immuneSystem/Pages/whatIsImmuneSystem.aspx
Online Source: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunologyhttp://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/media/26628/allergytovaccineguidelinesaaai.pdf
Author: Floria, Barbara
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Berry, Judith, PhD, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer: Sohrabi, Farrokh, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 5/10/2013