Many people enjoy the warm weather and sunny skies that spring and summer bring, but too many elderly adults also know that these seasons also bring allergies. Seasonal allergies are triggered by pollen in the air from various plants and trees. For those who suffer with allergies, the symptoms can be overwhelming and uncomfortable, especially for the elderly.
Family caregivers should take the time to help their aging relatives avoid seasonal allergy symptoms and work with their doctor to provide some relief.
Seasonal Allergies are Hard on Seniors
While allergies are no fun for people at any age, they can be especially serious for elderly adult. The stuffy nose, sneezing, respiratory issues, fevers, aches, and insomnia can have a negative effect on their health. Often, seniors are already struggling with other chronic conditions, and seasonal allergies can make them worse.
When it comes to diagnosing and treating seasonal allergies in seniors, many doctors won’t prescribe antihistamines that provide other sufferers with relief. Many elderly adults would endanger their health with antihistamines because they can raise blood pressure and put stress on the lungs and heart. Many allergy medications also interact with other medicines that many seniors already take. Family caregivers should never give antihistamines to their aging relatives without permission from the doctor.
Ways to Avoid Allergy Triggers
When the pollen levels rise, family caregivers and home care aides can do a lot to prevent elderly adults from maximum exposure. The less pollen the aging person encounters, the more reduced the symptoms are. By taking action, family caregivers and home care aides can make elderly adults more comfortable and avoid the side effects of seasonal allergies.
Family members and home care aides should always pay attention to the pollen counts on the news, weather channels and apps for smart phones. On high pollen days, the elderly person can be kept inside with the doors and windows shut. It’s important to avoid bringing pollen indoors as well. Family caregivers and home care aides should not hang clothes or bedding outside to dry, nor should they allow shoes, jackets and other outerwear very far into the house before removing them.
Everyone should wash their hands after they’ve been outdoors in the spring and summer to keep pollen at bay. Regular vacuuming and dusting can also help make the home as pollen-free as possible. When family caregivers use HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) vacuum bags and air filters, it can really make a big difference for allergy sufferers.
Family caregivers should implement several house rules when it comes to allergy season and sparing their elderly relative the worst of seasonal allergies. They should also make sure that anyone who shares caregiving duties, such as other family members, friends, home care aides and others, join in to keep the pollen away from the elderly adult and avoid those triggers.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.