Allergy season can be a difficult time for everyone, but seniors are much more sensitive to pollen and other allergens that are common during the first weeks of spring. The caregivers at Columbus Home Care Assistance share a few tips for helping seniors survive allergy season, including some ways to help reduce feelings of discomfort.
- Watch for Symptoms – One of the most important things that you can do is watch for the symptoms of allergies in your loved one. These include things like sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, skin rashes, and, of course, congestion. If these symptoms appear, be sure that your loved one’s doctor is aware of them. This will help to distinguish allergy symptoms from others that may be related to another chronic health problem.
- Avoid Traditional Antihistamines – While most people may take something like Benadryl, an antihistamine, to ward off allergy symptoms, these medications aren’t always right for seniors – especially if they are taking other medications that may cause drowsiness, confusion or dizziness. If your loved one has allergies, his or her doctor will likely prescribe some sort of nasal steroid with fewer side effects than traditional antihistamines.
- Reduce Exposure to Allergens When Possible – Make sure that your loved one’s home is minimized of the outdoor allergens responsible for causing discomfort. A whole-home air purification system (or even the A/C or heating unit running on the fan-only setting) with a good quality filter can help immensely. Regular dusting and vacuuming is important, too.
Home Remedies to Try
If your loved one is having an allergy attack, there are some things that you can do to help without the use of medications. These include vitamin C, which offers up a number of health benefits and may help to reduce allergy symptoms. Nettles and other plants that contain a pigment known as querticin may also be helpful, but be sure to discuss these home remedies with your loved one’s physician before administering them.
Ensuring Safety at Home
Severe allergy symptoms can sometimes mimic those of the common cold, leaving seniors feeling weak, tired and congested. If your aging parent or loved one is experiencing these symptoms, do your best to offer assistance with activities of daily living and offer transportation for medical appointments or prescription pick-ups. You can also call Home Care Assistance’s hourly or live-in caregivers in Columbus to provide in-home care, assistance and support.
For more information about senior health or care at home, call 614-481-8888 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Columbus.