As spring approaches, seniors will be faced with the onset of seasonal allergies. Some of the unpleasant side effects of allergies include coughing, sneezing, itchy throat, and dry or watery eyes. The cause of allergies is typically high levels of pollen, ragweed, trees and grass. Fortunately for Ft. Lauderdale home care providers, there are several ways they can help prevent allergy symptoms for their senior loved ones.
Hourly caregivers in Ft. Lauderdale can help prevent seasonal allergies by avoiding areas with high pollen counts. Pollen is typically the main cause of allergies. A good way to help seniors avoid seasonal allergy attacks is by advising them to stay indoors on days when allergy season is at its peak. Keep a lookout for the allergen counts by watching the news or social media outlets.
Dust and Vacuum
As a caregiver, you should also make sure you’re informed of the types of allergies that your loved one has. Proper cleaning of the home is particularly important in terms of staving off allergies. All vacuuming and dusting should be done daily and during a time when your loved one isn’t around to ensure they aren’t overly exposed to what is floating in the air.
The best form of prevention is to stay away. If that is not a viable option, you can provide your loved one with an over-the-counter antihistamine medication with a doctor’s approval. They come in both drowsy and non-drowsy forms. This act alone can diminish all symptoms of allergies. A Neti Pot is always very popular. It requires no medication and can be purchased at a local drug store. Neti Pots use a saline solution to wash the irritants out of the nostrils. They are highly effective in prevention of allergen build up within sinus cavities.
The final form of prevention is to reduce stress. While it may sound unrelated, stress could exacerbate allergy symptoms and also weaken the immune system. Elderly people often have a low immune system as the result of age or illness. Encourage your loved one to take vitamins, eat healthy, and stay inside as much as possible when allergy levels are on the rise to avoid any other issues.
Allergies are a common part of everyday life, but they can cause serious problems for seniors with respiratory diseases like COPD or asthma. To help your loved one this allergy season, turn to Home Care Assistance of Ft. Lauderdale. We provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia home care for Ft. Lauderdale seniors to help them manage their illnesses in the comfort of home. Call us today at (954) 909-0370 to learn more about allergy prevention, ask about our other services, and schedule an in-home consultation.