Summer has officially begun, and while most of us are enjoying the sunshine and barbeques, others are left struggling once again with their seasonal allergies. With the start of the summer season, pollen counts are high. If your senior has allergies, they are often worse right about now. But thankfully, there are several ways for your seniors to take control of their allergies and get some relief! Below we’re sharing a few of our favorite remedies.
Go to the Drugstore
You can head to your local drugstore to choose from a range of OTC medications to help with your senior’s allergies. This is one of the simplest cures that usually does the trick! Choose a decongestant for a stuffy nose, or an antihistamine for sneezing, sniffling, and itchy throats. Just to be safe, check with your senior’s doctor first before you give them any medication.
Bonus Tip: If your senior wants a drug-free alternative instead, have them try a saline rinse (saltwater)! The rinse will clear their nasal membranes from allergens. Saltwater can also be gargled to provide relief from an aggravated throat.
Stay In and Keep Windows Closed
When the pollen count outdoors is high, your senior should be encouraged to stay indoors instead as much as possible. They should also keep the windows closed to prevent pollen particles from coming inside. As an alternative to fresh air from open windows, your senior can run the AC.
Wear a Mask Outside
Your senior should wear a mask if they have to go outside while the pollen counts are high, whether they’re going to run an errand or tending to a garden. An N95 mask can help minimize their exposure to pollen particles by 95%.
Determine if It’s Really Allergies
Finally, no symptom should be taken lightly during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll want to be absolutely sure that your senior really has an allergy and not something else. If your senior experiences any of the following symptoms, it’s time to call their doctor to be safe: 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 would like further advice on how to manage your senior loved one’s allergies, please feel free to reach out to our experts! Home Care Assistance is happy to help.