Those who struggle with seasonal allergies know what the start of summertime means… The pollen count is high outside! If you have a senior who suffers from allergies, Home Care Assistance is here to help bring them some relief this season. Below, we’re sharing some of our favorite remedies and tips to minimize allergy symptoms for your senior loved one this summer!
Go to the Drugstore
Did you know you can often cure or clear allergy symptoms with a simple OTC medication from any drugstore? Decongestants can help to relieve stuffy noses, and antihistamines can get rid of sniffling, sneezing, and a scratchy throat. But before you buy one of these medications for your senior, double-check with their doctor or caregiver to be sure it’s safe for them to take.
Bonus Tip: For seniors who prefer to try to keep allergies away without drugs, we recommend saltwater instead! A saline nasal rinse can help clear allergens from the nasal membranes and reduce symptoms. If your senior’s throat is aggravated, gargling salt water can be soothing!
Stay In and Keep Windows Closed
Seniors who like to go outside for a walk or a workout should instead try to get their heart rate up while indoors while the pollen count is high. Windows should also be kept closed so pollen and allergens do not come inside the house. Your senior can check the pollen count each morning to determine when it’s appropriate to go outside during the day.
Wear a Mask Outside
If your senior must go outdoors – whether it’s for chores, running errands, or taking a walk – and the pollen count is high, encourage them to wear an N95 mask. Wearing a mask can help minimize your senior’s exposure to pollen particles by 95%!
Determine if It’s Really Allergies
Make sure that your senior is actually experiencing allergies. While we’re in the COVID-19 pandemic, no symptom should go unchecked. If your senior experiences any of the following symptoms, it’s time to call their doctor: shortness of breath, fever or chills, a cough, fatigue, body ache, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat or congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you still need further advice to help manage your senior loved one’s allergies, please feel free to reach out and contact our experts here at Home Care Assistance! We are ready to help.