Achoo! Allergy Season Tips for SeniorsApril 01, 2019
Happy spring, all! Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, we love springtime. From fun Easter Egg hunts with family to the beautiful blooming of springtime flowers, the season is full of happiness and light.
With all the change and blossoming, though, comes – achoo! – springtime allergies. We can become affected by allergies at any age, and springtime is ripe for bringing on allergy-related symptoms.
For some, allergy medications pose some risks and unwelcome side effects, such as drowsiness and dizziness. This can be especially problematic if we’re taking other types of medications that cause drowsiness and dizziness.
So, aside from common over-the-counter allergy medications, what are some great ways to help stave off the seasonal allergy symptoms? Let’s take a look!
#1 Purify the Air
If you’re sensitive to springtime allergens, you’ll want to be sure to tend to your indoor air quality. On high-pollen days, you may want to avoid keeping windows and doors open.
Many people find that indoor air purifiers are extremely helpful for reducing allergy-related symptoms.
#2 Steam is Your Friend
Steam and warm water are wonderful, natural ways to help soothe dry sinuses. Make a cup of tea and gently breathe in the steam. Take a warm shower and let the steam relax your lungs. You may also want to try putting warm, steamy water on a washcloth, gently placing it over the face.
#3 Keep an Eye on the Pollen Count
Most weather channels or news sources include a pollen count. On high-pollen days, you may want to limit outside activities. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go outside, as fresh air and natural sunlight have such benefits! If you do go outside on high-pollen days, however, you might want to consider wearing a mask to help protect you from inhaling potential allergens. An N95 particle mask, for example, will block 95% of potential allergens, and are available at most drugstores.
#4 Stay Hydrated
If you feel allergy-related symptoms coming on, be sure you’re staying adequately hydrated! Drink more water and hot, herbal tea. Limit mucus-building foods and drinks such as alcohol, sugar, and dairy. Lots of fruits and vegetables also help to keep you nourished and hydrated!
#5 Keep the Home Clean
To avoid tracking in potential allergens, keep your living space nice and clean. Vacuum regularly and ask guests to kindly leave their shoes at the door. Harsh chemicals can irritate the sinuses, so when cleaning, try to stick with more natural options. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters can be fantastic for trapping allergy symptom-producing particles, too.
Speak to a Doctor
These, of course, are just a few tips, but we hope that they are helpful! If you or your senior loved one are experiencing symptoms, you’ll always want to first check in with a qualified practitioner to get their advice.
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