Home Allergy Quiz

Is Your Home Allergy Proof?

How much do you know about allergy-proofing your home? Take this MedicineNet Quiz and test your knowledge. Just click on either True or False after each question.

  1. Damp dusting using a dampened cloth or an oiled mop will minimize the distribution of dust through the air. True or False


  2. Beds should be placed near air vents for good air circulation. True or False


  3. Grasses, weeds, and trees tend to pollinate during the late afternoon, early evening.  True or False

  4. Allergen-proof encasings should be used  for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Tape over zippers to help prevent leaks. True or False


  5. When choosing furnishings, it is best to go with wood, leather, vinyl, or rubberized canvas furniture and avoid upholstered pieces.  True or False


  6. Venetian blinds and mini-blinds should be used to allergy-proof your home. True or False


  7. Foam rubber should be used to avoid trapping moisture which promotes mold and dust mite growth. True or False

Answers to the Home Allergy Proof Quiz

1. True

Damp dusting using a dampened cloth or an oiled mop will minimize the distribution of dust through the air.  

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2. False

Space heaters are preferred over hot air ducts. In homes with forced air heat, use filters or damp cheesecloth over inlets to reduce dust circulation. Change every two weeks. Consult your physician about air purifiers. Keep beds away from air vents.

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3. False

Install central air conditioning or window units. Keep windows closed, especially during periods of high pollen counts and windy conditions. Grasses, weeds, and trees tend to pollinate during the early morning hours. Sleep with the windows closed.

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4. True

Use allergen-proof encasings for pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Tape over zippers to help prevent leaks. Vacuum all casings frequently. Store nothing under the bed.

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5. True

When choosing furnishings, it is best to go with wood, leather, vinyl, or rubberized canvas furniture and avoid upholstered pieces. Upholstery easily traps allergens and is much harder to clean. You might try washable slipcovers on existing upholstered furniture.

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6. False

Install roll-up washable cotton or synthetic window shades. Avoid venetian blinds, mini-blinds, and pleated shades.

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7. False

Use Dacron or other synthetics for pillows. Avoid feathers or foam rubber, which traps moisture and promotes mold and dust mite growth.

So, how did you do?

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Portions of the above information was provided with the kind permission of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health (http://www.niaid.nih.gov/publications)
Last Editorial Review: 5/21/2008




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