What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Seniors

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Allergies do not always develop at a young age. In fact, some older adults get seasonal allergy symptoms as a part of getting older and is something that peaks its ugly head as soon as the weather begins to get warmer. The signs of allergies in older adults, especially those receiving senior care, can be very serious to their overall health and include:

     * Runny nose

     * Sneezing

     * Itchy and/or watery eyes

     * Congestion

There are treatments that can be prescribed by your doctor if any of these symptoms are present, but it is important to talk to your loved one’s doctor about their allergies as soon as possible.

Here are some ways you can help your elderly loved one cope with seasonal allergies while receiving in-home care.

Eat the right foods. According to Medical Alert Advice, some nutritionists believe that eating an assortment of foods that reduces inflammation will prevent allergy symptoms. These foods include walnuts, leafy greens, and fruits or vegetables high in vitamin C.

Watch the weather. If you are planning a day outside, keep a close watch on weather websites that will show the pollen count. The days with the lowest pollen counts will be the perfect days for outings without having pesky allergy symptoms ruining your fun.

Keep the windows closed. As the weather begins to warm up, it is only natural that we will want to open the windows and let in the fresh air. However, this could be a huge mistake for someone suffering from seasonal allergies. With the windows opened, you are welcoming in pollen and mold that will make your loved one’s symptoms worse. If you are in need of some air in your vehicle or home, turn on the air conditioner instead.

Do not air dry clothing. For some, using a clothes line outdoors to air dry their clothing is something they do not plan on giving up any time soon, especially if they have made a habit of doing this for decades. The problem with letting your clothes dry outdoors is the fact that ragweed, pollen, and other airborne allergens may attach themselves to your clothing. During allergy season, using a dryer is the best way to get your clothes dry.

Wear sunglasses. This fashionable accessory is not only used to keep the sun out of your eyes, but will also help keep airborne irritants and pollen out of your eyes.

Wash your hands. After spending some time outdoors, wash your hands as soon as you come back inside in order to wash the pollen off of your hands. Taking a shower will also help remove the irritating pollen from your hair and body as a way to prevent allergy symptoms.

Older adults who are receiving elder care will still be able to enjoy time outside without the fear of seasonal allergies by following these tips.

For in-home Senior Care in Bartlett TN, please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth today! 

About Walter Black

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA. Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues. Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency. With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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