Are You Prepared for Allergy Season? Take this Quiz

AARP offers a quiz and some uncommon options to soothe your symptoms this season.

Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, according to a recent article by Stacy Julien for AARP. Because allergy season is now in full swing, the organization is offering a quiz to learn whether or not you are prepared for this allergy season. Take the quiz here.

Below are several tips and “unusual remedies to make allergies more bearable” from the article:

Sip on tea

Try a Japanese variety of green tea called Benifuuki.  A double-blind study in Japan found that symptoms such as nose-blowing and eye itching were significantly relieved among a group with seasonal rhinitis who consumed a Benifuuki-green-tea beverage, compared with the placebo group.

Flavor your food

Grab cayenne pepper from your spice rack and add it to your meal.  Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which, yes, heats up your tongue, but also works to ease a congested nose.

Skip these fruits and veggies

Produce such as apples, celery, carrots and peaches may worsen allergy symptoms, depending on the type of seasonal allergy you have, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Allergic to birch tree pollen? An apple may cause an itchy throat or mouth. 

Don’t skip your workout

Experts say simply moving more often can strengthen the immune system to help reduce allergy systems. A study out of Thailand proved that moderate-intensity exercise significantly improved the symptoms of allergic rhinitis in subjects who were asked to participate in a running exercise. There are countless benefits to regular exercise, so it can’t hurt to try.

Tried and true tips:

  • Watch the pollen counts where you live on websites like and When the numbers are high, stay indoors if possible.
  • Fresh air is nice, but close your home’s windows and crank up the AC to keep the pollen out. That goes for driving in your car, too. Don’t forget to regularly replace your house’s air filters.
  • If you do go outside, shake off pollen from outerwear before entering the house, and leave shoes at the door. Then jump into the shower. Try to track as little pollen as possible into your home.
  • Don’t forget about Fido. Pets can also bring pollen inside. After a walk, wipe down your dog’s paws and fur before entering the house.
  • Use nasal sprays and allergy pills. Talk to an allergist about OTC drugs or prescriptions that could work well for you, as well as saline rinses for your nose and sinuses.

Read the full article: Soothe Your Allergies

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