Allergy / Asthma Assessment Quiz

Allergy / Asthma Assessment Quiz 2017-10-25T17:08:15+00:00
Sinus & Allergy Specialist of New Mexico - Asthma / Allergy Quiz

Do you have frequent or intense episodes of:

SNIFFLING? - YesNo
Sniffling is common in "hay fever" and related conditions.

SNEEZING? - YesNo
Allergens cause the release of histamine and other “chemical mediators” which provoke sneezing along with a number of other symptoms.

RUNNY NOSE AND/OR WATERY EYES? - YesNo
Mucus glands in the nose, sinuses and eyes (and in the lungs) increase their secretions in response to allergen exposure. Nasal and eye drainage due to allergies is thin and watery, at least at first. Can be a protective mechanism to flush the eyes and nose of airborne allergens. Rubbing the area may introduce bacteria and contribute to infection.

STUFFY NOSE AND/OR PUFFY EYES? - YesNo
Histamine and other “chemical mediators” cause dilatation of blood vessels, perceived as “congestion” or stuffiness of the nose and blood shot and puffy eyes. The blood vessel dilatation also results in redness of the nose and eyelids.

ITCHY NOSE, EARS, EYES AND/OR THROAT? - YesNo
Chemicals produced in allergic reactions make blood vessels “leaky.” Histamine and other chemical ooze into the nose, eyes, ears and throat causing itchiness.

DAMAGE IN THE THROAT? - YesNo
Secretions originating in the sinuses typically drain into the throat. Associated symptoms can include hoarseness and
a sensation of a lump in the throat.

SINUS HEADACHES? - YesNo
Headaches, facial pain, and pain perceived in the upper teeth are common symptoms of sinusitis. Contrary to common opinion, pain is not always present in sinusitis, especially if it is chronic.

FACIAL PAIN? - YesNo
Can be caused by abnormal pressure in sinuses due to obstruction of the normal communication between the sinuses and the nose, and from swelling and infection within the sinuses.

EAR POPPING AND FULLNESS? - YesNo
A common symptom of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is popping/clicking of the ears. This results from swelling of passageways between the throat and the middle ear. A sensation of fullness is often worsened by changes in altitude.

DIFFICULTY BREATHING OR CHEST TIGHTNESS? - YesNo
During a flare-up of asthma, it is more difficult to get air out of the lungs than into them. But patients usually cannot distinguish the difference--for them it's just hard to breathe and the chest feels tight.

COUGHING? - YesNo
A common symptom of asthma, coughing especially at night, can be the only symptom of early asthma, particularly in a child. Sinusitis can also be responsible for chronic cough.

WHEEZING? - YesNo
A whistling noise characteristic of asthma, indicating obstruction of air movement out of the lungs. Causes include constriction and edema of bronchioles and thick secretions lodged within them.

HIVES? - YesNo
Swelling, redness, and itchy bumps caused by allergies (and many other factors). If the swelling goes inward instead
of toward the skin surface, the resultant swelling is called “angioedema.”
 

Count up your number of "yes" answers to see what your allergy probability is:

0-3: Allergies possible but not likely. More than 3 “yes” answers indicates allergies are likely, especially if antihistamines and nasal sprays help.

4-6: Medications would probably help, but you may need additional treatment

7-10: You probably need comprehensive treatment to be comfortable and prevent worsening of your condition.

11-13: You are probably in danger of experiencing complications of allergy and possibly asthma, and should be on appropriate treatment.

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