Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Fall Allergies

Michael A. Kaliner, MD

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July 06, 2020

Allergic rhinitis, also known as "hay fever," is often associated with symptoms that flare during autumn. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19.2 million adults in the United States were diagnosed with hay fever in the past 12-month period. Although allergic rhinitis is not a life-threatening condition, it is responsible for a significant and often underappreciated health burden for individuals and society.

The fall can be an especially difficult season for people who are sensitive to mold, ragweed pollen, and dust mites. Short ragweed, which is a common cause of allergic rhinitis in much of the United States, is most prominent in the late summer and fall. Individuals with mold allergies can also have worse symptoms in the fall, as damp leaves pile up and create an ideal breeding ground for mold. Moreover, dust mites, which are common during the humid summer months, can get stirred into the air the first time that heating systems are run in the fall.

Test your knowledge about fall allergies with this short quiz.

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