While allergies can strike at any age, there can be serious consequences for the older adults and seniors due to changes in their immune systems. To that end, Elderwerks Educational Services wants seniors to keep these tips in mind during allergy season:
1. Don’t ignore symptoms
Symptoms from seasonal allergies range from sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. Left untreated, they can cause complications, such as infections and asthma. Those who already suffer from chronic respiratory problems can have their breathing disrupted even more. To that end, individuals should speak with their physicians as soon as they notice symptoms or changes in health.
2. Watch the pollen count
Pollen, one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies, is produced by trees, grass and weeds. Individuals can track pollen levels via online weather sites. When pollen counts are high, older adults should minimize their exposure by staying indoors, closing the windows, and using air conditioning, if possible. Additionally, AARP recommends using an air purifier and replacing the filter often to remove pollen from the air inside. Allergens can cling to surfaces and fabrics, so it’s a good idea to wash bedding and rugs frequently. If outdoor activity cannot be avoided, seniors should wash their hands often and wear sunglasses to keep pollen and other airborne irritants out of their eyes.
3. Consider side effects
Before taking an over-the-counter allergy medication, seniors should check the label. That’s because some contain ingredients that can interact with other medications commonly prescribed to older adults. Avoid any adverse effects by reading the labels carefully or consulting with a pharmacist or doctor.
Elderwerks Educational Services : 251 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067: 855.462.0100 : https://www.elderwerks.org/