What Do You Know About Allergies?
The HealthCentral Editorial Team | July 10, 2017
- 0 A family history of allergies
- 0 Environmental conditions
- 0 Number and type of exposures
- 0 Emotional factors
- 1 All of the above
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Which of the following factors can predispose you to having allergies?
The correct answer is 5. All of these items can predispose you to allergies.
Hypersensitivity of which system of your body creates an allergic response?
The correct answer is 2. Hypersensitivity of the immune system causes an allergic response. When antibodies are formed in response to an allergen, they trigger a release of histamine, which then affects different parts of the body.
Which of the following treatments can be used to reduce allergic reactions to unavoidable substances?
The correct answer is 4. Patients with significant reactions to common or unavoidable substances can receive regular shots with gradually increasing doses of the substance. The body will eventually get used to the substance, resulting in a reduced allergic response.
Which of the following is the most commonly prescribed treatment for hives?
The correct answer is 1. Oral antihistamines are the hallmark of therapy for allergy symptoms such as hives. Serious reactions that involve difficulty breathing and low blood pressure often require the addition of corticosteroids and epinephrine.
Which of the following does NOT reduce or delay allergies in children?
The correct answer is 4. Previous evidence suggested that children exposed to animals early in life are more likely to develop allergies and asthma. But more recent research seems to show that early exposure to animals (cats and dogs in particular) may protect children.