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Allergy Relief for Seniors

By Vicki and Brian Day

Some people might think that spring allergy symptoms go away in the summertime. However, anyone who has woken up with a stuffy nose and post-nasal drip on a hot summer morning will quickly tell you otherwise.

Allergies can be especially troublesome for seniors, who may already have other respiratory problems. Luckily, though there are ways for them to get relief. Many of those ways are natural, common sense ways that don’t involve spending a dime in order to get some of that blessed relief we all crave when we are under the weather!
Here is a list of several ways that you or your senior care aide could help your loved one to get relief from their allergies:

  • Medications – There are many over the counter and prescription medications that can be a great help to the allergy sufferer. Discuss with your doctor which ones might be best for your aging loved one, but make sure that they won’t interact with any of the other medications they may already be taking. Also, be sure to check the side effects listed on the information packet that comes with the medicine, as some could be serious.
  • Closing the windows – No matter how tempting the light summer breeze may be, opening the windows is just inviting the allergens in to play. Keeping windows closed and the air conditioner on instead can be a very effective way to keep the air clean for an allergy sufferer, making it much easier for them to breathe.
  • Wash off after being outside – Allergens like mold, spores, dander, and pollen collect on our skin and clothes when we are outdoors. When your loved one comes inside, have them take a shower to wash away the allergens, and give them a change of clothes while you wash the others. This greatly decreases the amount of allergens present inside the home and on their own bodies, and will thusly make it easier to breathe indoors.
  • Avoid allergens when you can – It is important to know what, specifically, your loved one is allergic to. That way, you and their senior care aide can work to ensure that they come into contact with that allergen as little as possible, so that their symptoms don’t flare up. If you don’t already know what is causing your loved one’s allergies, schedule a doctor’s appointment to find out.

Before you try any of these tips, try talking to your loved one’s doctor. He or she may have some tips and tricks for making their allergies more manageable, and they know your loved one’s medical history, so they may know better what will work and what won’t. Once you have spoken to him or her, though, you can try one or all of these tips in order to decrease your loved one’s distress. Allergies are not fun – not one wants to have to live with them. But, with a few modifications to your routine and your home, these troublesome symptoms could become much lighter and easier to deal with.