The spring months are a great time to get your aging loved one out and active. However, seasonal allergies can quickly put a damper on things. While allergies may not top the list of dangerous senior conditions, many seniors do experience some level of discomfort as the result of the increased amount of pollen in the air. If you provide care for an aging loved one in Florida, it is important to be aware of the causes and appropriate treatments for seasonal allergies to ensure his or her safety and overall health.
Symptoms to Watch For
Common allergy symptoms can include but are not limited to runny nose, sneezing and itchy and/or watery eyes. While caregivers may notice that their aging loved one is experiencing discomfort, many attribute these symptoms to other conditions with similar symptoms such as a cold or sinus infection. Other symptoms that are more difficult to detect may also include sleepiness, shortness of breath and headache. If your aging loved one seems to be having difficulty adjusting to the warmer spring weather, be sure not to rule out seasonal allergies. This is especially important for seniors who require specialty dementia care in Naples, and are not able to communicate the extent of their symptoms.
As you may know, there are a number of over-the-counter products designed for seasonal allergies. While they may seem like an easy fix, these products can put a senior’s health at risk. Many contain ingredients that negatively interact with common senior medications, resulting in several problems such as dizziness and elevated blood pressure. Many experts actually recommend taking a proactive approach to reducing or eliminating seasonal allergies, without medications. In the event that allergies are severe, caregivers should always consult with the health care provider prior to medicating.
Prevention/Management of Symptoms
There are several ways to prevent and manage seasonal allergy symptoms for the senior. Common tips include avoiding outdoor activities when pollen counts are high, closing windows at night, cleaning or replacing air filters regularly, and in some cases, using a mask when going outside. When symptoms are present, a warm shower or a home dehumidifier can be of great help.
It is also important to understand that seasonal allergies may be pose problems for your loved one now, even if they’ve never shown any symptoms. By understanding this, you will be able to properly diagnosis the problem and can avoid medicating incorrectly which could lead to other health risks. With this new information in hand, get out and enjoy the sunshine with your aging loved one!