Spring can be one of the most beautiful seasons in Charlotte. The sunshine is plentiful, flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, but allergens are in the air. Although the spring weather is always welcome, it can bring along seasonal allergies along with it. While many Americans deal with seasonal allergies each year, they can be particularly hard on seniors. In fact, they can be extremely hazardous for those who have a chronic illness and certain allergy medications can have dangerous side effects. So how can you stay comfortable this allergy season? Check out a few of our tried and true tips for managing spring allergies this year.
Top 7 Tips to Help Seniors Manage Seasonal Allergies Safely
1. Get Tested
If you think you may be suffering from seasonal allergies but you are unsure which type of allergen to look out for, allergy testing can help. A simple allergy scratch test can work to determine if you are allergic to something that is a part of your everyday environment. Just be sure to provide your doctor with a list of potential culprits to speed the process.
2. Be Aware
It’s important to keep in mind that allergies don’t discriminate based on age. Many people falsely assume seniors shouldn’t worry about seasonal allergies but in reality, seniors are just as vulnerable to them as anyone else. So be aware of the common warning signs of seasonal allergies like sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose.
3. Don’t Neglect Your Spring Cleaning
If you can identify which allergens are causing your allergies to flare up, be sure to remove them from your home. Proper removal may include changing laundry detergents, investing in a new allergen air purifier and eliminating pollen and dust mites with professional house cleaning services. Additionally, something as simple as switching out your bedding, rugs and furniture for more hypo-allergenic options can be very beneficial in reducing your symptoms.
4. Talk to Your Doctor
It can sometimes be difficult for doctors to diagnose allergies in senior patients if they are focused on larger health issues. It is not uncommon for senior patients to have multiple medical conditions, making it hard to separate the threat of seasonal allergies from symptoms of an ongoing condition. If you or a loved one suspect that you may have allergies, it’s best to let your doctor know sooner rather than later.
5. Keep Track of Risks
Be proactive about your health by staying on top of the current allergen trends in the greater Charlotte area. You should be able to find information online, during the nightly news forecast or in your favorite local newspaper that will help you keep track of pollen conditions. If you see that the pollen counts will be particularly high on a certain day, do your best to stay inside and shut your windows.
6. Take Care of Personal Hygiene
Don’t forget to wear sun protection when you head outside for the day. This can include sunglasses to shield your eyes from airborne allergens and cotton or linen clothing that keeps your skin covered but breathes well in warmer weather. Additionally, it is important to make sure that you are not tracking allergens inside your home, so be sure to promptly remove your shoes when you’re inside and shower before getting into bed at night.
7. Be Aggressive
If you notice that you are experiencing the common symptoms associated with seasonal allergies like sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose, act quickly to remedy the issue. Severe allergies can lead to an irritated throat and congested nose, which can both be very dangerous for seniors who have a pre-existing cardiovascular condition. So be aggressive with treatment and seek out medication or lifestyle changes to help prevent a severe reaction.
Enjoy a Safe and Happy Spring Season at The Cypress of Charlotte
At The Cypress of Charlotte, we want to make sure that each of our members has the tools they need to enjoy a safe, healthy and happy spring season. If you have battled seasonal allergies in the past or you have recently noticed some of the early warning signs of allergies, now is the time to talk to your doctor.
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