It’s that dreaded time of the year again for those with seasonal allergies… The start of summertime when the pollen counts are high! If this is true for your senior, we know the struggle they are going through right now. Fortunately for them, there are several effective remedies that can relieve them of their allergy symptoms! Let’s take a look below and learn how you can help your senior manage their allergies this season.
Go to the Drugstore
One of the simplest ways to alleviate allergy symptoms is to head to the local drugstore and pick up an OTC medication! Decongestants can help with stuffy noses, while other drugs like antihistamines help with sneezing, sniffling, and itchy throats. But be sure to check with your senior’s doctor before giving them a medication, just to make sure it’s safe for them.
Bonus Tip: A saline rinse (saltwater) is a drug-free alternative to clearing out allergens from the nasal membranes and minimizing allergy symptoms! If your senior has an aggravated throat, gargling saltwater can be soothing.
Stay In and Keep Windows Closed
Have your senior check the pollen count each morning. If the counts are high for the day, your senior may want to avoid going outdoors unless they have to, and they should also keep the windows closed to avoid pollen particles getting inside the home. The AC can be run as an alternative to getting the fresh air from open windows.
Wear a Mask Outside
Encourage your senior to wear a mask if they have to go outside. Whether they’re going out to do some landscaping or they have to run an errand, wearing an N95 mask can help minimize their exposure by 95% to pollen particles.
Determine if It’s Really Allergies
You want to be completely sure that your senior’s symptoms are due to an allergy and not an underlying illness. If your senior experiences any of the following symptoms, it’s time to call their doctor to be safe: shortness of breath, fever or chills, a cough, fatigue, body ache, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat or congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you still need further advice to help manage your senior loved one’s allergies, please feel free to reach out to Home Care Assistance to schedule your consultation!