Personal Care Tips to Breeze Through Allergy Season

Personal Care Tips to Breeze Through Allergy Season

April 19, 2024 | Health

Personal Care Tips to Breeze Through Allergy Season

Now that the leaves are beginning to change and the flowers are starting to bloom, many of us find ourselves reaching for a tissue rather than enjoying spring’s beauty. Yes, allergy season is upon us again! It’s that time of year when pollen fills the air, leading to stuffy noses, itchy eyes, and congestion. For older adults, springtime allergies can be amplified if they’re already facing other health challenges. With allergies affecting millions of older adults each year, it’s key to take proactive steps to minimize discomfort and uphold wellness throughout allergy season.

As we age, so does our immune system. A weakened immune system can make you more aware of different health concerns, allergies included. Older adults who have underlying health conditions may experience more intense allergy symptoms or medications that could potentially interact with allergens.

Common allergens during spring include pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds, alongside mold spores. Exposure to these things can cause a range of reactions from mild discomfort to complicated respiratory problems. Older adults grappling with allergies are also vulnerable to potential complications like sinus infections or asthma attacks if their symptoms aren’t addressed.

With allergy season approaching, it’s time to gather simple yet effective personal care tips that will help you breeze through the sniffles and sneezes this spring!

 

Stay Informed

Being well-informed is essential in effectively managing allergies. Older adults should be aware of local pollen forecasts and adjust their outdoor plans accordingly. Opting for activities on days with reduced pollen levels can significantly reduce allergen exposure, helping with symptom management. For yourself or a loved one, consider trying out an indoor air purifier and keep the windows closed during high pollen periods.

 

Create An Allergy-Free Haven

Maintaining indoor environments that are free of allergens is key for older adults managing allergy symptoms. Always make sure that your loved one’s home is in the best condition by vacuuming and dusting surfaces. Washing bedding and towels in hot water every week is another effective way to get rid of unwanted pollen and other allergens that have settled inside.

 

Practice Good Hygiene

Older adults need to prioritize frequent handwashing, especially after spending time outside, even if it’s brief, to minimize the transfer of allergens. Showering and changing clothes after being outside are also effective ways to get rid of allergens that linger on the skin and hair. If you find yourself starting to get stuffy, a saline nasal rinse is a simple go-to to promote hygiene and further allergy relief.

 

Use Allergy Medicine with Caution

While over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants often relieve allergy symptoms, older adults must be careful with their usage. Certain medications might interact negatively with preexisting health conditions or prescription drugs. It’s essential to seek guidance from a healthcare provider before initiating any new allergy medication into a routine. Explore alternative treatments such as nasal sprays or eye drops, which may offer quick relief with fewer potential side effects.

 

Consider Immunotherapy

In cases where severe allergies don’t respond well to traditional treatments, allergen immunotherapy can be considered. This approach involves gradually introducing the body to small amounts of allergens to build up your immune system’s tolerance. This is a timely process and requires consulting with your healthcare provider. Make sure to weigh the potential benefits against any associated risks before taking this step.

 

Use Protective Gear

To safeguard against pollen and other allergens while spending time outdoors, older adults should try wearing hats, sunglasses, and masks depending on their health conditions. Wraparound sunglasses shield the eyes from pollen irritation, while masks effectively filter airborne allergens and limit exposure. Wearing a hat with a wide brim provides added protection for the face and neck, too.

 

Hydration and Healthy Eating

Drinking plenty of water and having a nutritious diet can help to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation linked to allergies. Older adults are encouraged to moderate how much inflammatory foods full of sugar and trans fats they consume, which have the potential to intensify allergy symptoms. Drink water throughout the day and include hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and soups into meals to lower the risk of dehydration.

 

Look out for Your Loved Ones

Handling allergies can be a challenge, especially for loved ones with preexisting health issues. You can ease the allergy burden for them by making the effort to look out for your older adult during this season, ensuring they feel supported and receive proper treatment when needed. Our supportive staff at The Pathways at Warrington is always here to offer advice and guidance for residents and their families.

 

During regular office hours, call 215-593-2900. After hours, please call 267-228-4690 anytime!

 

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