Allergy season is in full effect and many people are suffering from sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes. The elderly population is usually one of the hardest hit groups with allergies. Many seniors suffer tremendously this time of the year, and those with underlying chronic conditions may be hit twice as hard with complications. Pollen is one of the top culprits of allergy problems but there are many others as well. Here are a few things that you can do to help your loved one through the season.
Know pollen levels for each day. Knowing when pollen is at its highest levels allow you to plan outdoor activities. Seniors should be encouraged to engage in indoor activities on these high pollen count days.
Avoid hanging clothes on outside lines. On days where the pollen is at its highest make arrangements to hang clothes inside or use a clothes dryer.
Take your concerns to the elderly loved ones physician. Make an appointment for your loved one to sit down with their health care professional and discuss the symptoms they have been experiencing. Since some people have trouble with other chronic health issues, it is possible a doctor might want to treat the condition aggressively.
Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines. Traditional antihistamines can pose a serious threat to seniors. There are many potential side effects from the medications. Common side effects include dry mouth, dizziness, dryness of the eyes and mouth. Most doctors prefer to prescribe a nasal steroid for seniors during allergy season.
Get loved one tested. If you suspect your senior is suffering from allergies that are not related to pollen, see an allergy specialist for a scratch test. However, you will have to bring certain items from help to help determine what could be causing the allergy symptoms.