Along with allergies come runny eyes, noses, sinus congestion, and trouble breathing. While people of all ages are susceptible to seasonal allergies, senior citizens may have a more difficult time as they may often have more complicated illnesses. This can often make detecting allergies and providing the correct treatment more difficult.
If you detect that your loved one may have seasonal allergies, there are a few things you can do.
- Know the signs.
- Make your love one’s doctor aware.
When a physician has been treating your loved one for an ongoing disease, they may not see the signs of seasonal allergies as easily. If you are aware that your loved one has had seasonal allergies for years, be sure to inform them so that they are in the know and can better treat them.
- Avoid giving over the counter antihistamines.
Over the counter medicine may have side effects including confusion, drowsiness, dry mouth, eyes, and dizziness. Some antihistamines may have serious interactions with commonly prescribed medications for seniors. For this reason, some doctors may prescribe nasal steroids or topical medications.
- Limit Time Outdoors
Avoid lawn mowing and other activities that will stir up pollen.
- Clean air flow
Before spring, change your loved one’s air conditioner filter and keep the windows closed. Doing so while circulating air will continue to purify the air and clean it of pollen.