Spring is a beautiful time of year, with warmer weather, longer days, and blossoming flowers. However, it can also bring some uncomfortable allergy symptoms for seniors.
Allergies can affect your ability to go about day-to-day activities and make it difficult to enjoy outdoor recreation. Due to common side effects, it can be sometimes unsafe for people in the senior community to take over-the-counter allergy medications. These side effects can include drowsiness, dry mouth, and more.
There are many natural and safe ways to help seniors better cope with the spring allergy season. Let’s take a look at some common allergy symptoms and a number of great ways to get through this time of year more comfortably.
What are common allergy symptoms for Seniors?
Allergies affect everyone differently, and for older people, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Below are some of the most common symptoms seniors can experience during the springtime.
- Itchy sinuses, ear canals, or throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Ear congestion
- Postnasal drainage
- Itchy or watery eyes
5 safe ways for seniors to relieve allergy symptoms
Common allergy triggers include pollen, grass, dust, smoke, mold, and chlorine. By knowing what can set off allergy symptoms, you can make lifestyle changes to help reduce the chance of allergens impacting your day. Below are a few ways you can feel better during the spring allergy season.
Keep Windows Closed
One of the best things you can do during the spring to minimize your allergies is to close all of the windows in your home. By doing this, the allergens that trigger a runny nose or sore throat can be kept out. You can also use an air purifier to improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Use Essential Oils
Many natural remedies can help relieve inflammation and boost your immune system. For example, peppermint, basil, eucalyptus, and other essential oils can fight harmful toxins and minimize allergy symptoms. You can incorporate these oils into teas, an oil diffuser, or massage oil.
Limit Outdoor Exposure
In spring, warmer weather arrives and often inspires people to spend time outdoors and wear less clothing.
While it’s wonderful to be outside during nicer days, seniors should limit their time in order to minimize reactions to allergens. When you do go out, wear clothing that covers more of your skin to avoid pollen exposure.
By vacuuming your home regularly, you can remove any allergens that are being held in the fibers of carpet or covering floors.
Monitor the Pollen Count
There are a variety of websites that can help seniors monitor the pollen count in their area during spring time. If the count is exceptionally high, it’s better to enjoy more indoor activities to avoid pollen causing the onset of allergy symptoms.
Frontier Management is Here to Help
Allergies don’t affect everyone, but they can be incredibly uncomfortable for those who suffer from them, particularly seniors. We hope that these tips will help you or the older person in your life cope better during allergy season.
If you’re looking for further support for you or a loved one, you may consider one of our Senior Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care communities. The highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals at Frontier Management are here to offer support. Contact us today for more information.