Now that the weather is warming up seasonal allergies are about to start making those seniors who have allergies miserable. Every year seasonal allergies cause red, itchy eyes, congestion, coughing, sneezing, and other symptoms that make seniors miserable for at least a month. The humidity can make those seasonal allergies worse. There are many seniors that can’t take medication for seasonal allergies because that medication will interact badly with other medications that they take. Having an elder care provider can help them better manage their syptoms.
Use an Air Purifier
One of the best defenses against seasonal allergies is a high quality air purifier. Seniors should have a good air purifier to clean their indoor air and remove any dust, dander, and other allergens from the air. Air purifiers can make it much easier for seniors with respiratory issues to breathe during the hot humid summer.
It’s a good idea for seniors to have large air purifiers in the living room and the bedroom so that the air is getting cleaned in the two places where they spend the most time. Plants can also purify the air and pump healthy fresh clean air into the environment. If your senior uses an air filter, make sure they have their elder care provider change the filter every month.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking water and staying hydrated can help flush the allergens out of your senior parent’s system so that they don’t become too sick. Staying hydrated can also make it easier for seniors to manage the symptoms of allergies like dry eye and coughing. Taking a mucus thinking medication can also eliminate some of the symptoms associated with allergies. Avoid sugary drinks and stick to water, iced tea without sugar, or sugar free powder drink mixes so that seniors aren’t drinking too many calories throughout the day.
Eat Citrus Fruit
Boosting the amount of Vitamin C that seniors are getting is a good way to manage the symptoms of seasonal allergies. When seniors eat citrus fruits that are high in vitamin C like oranges or lemons they are boosting their immune system. A strong immune system can help seniors fight off the symptoms of seasonal allergies and not catch any illnesses that are going around this time of the year.
Use a Neti Pot
A Neti pot is a small clay pot that was traditionally used to clean the sinuses. These days people use Neti pots to help get rid of nasal allergies by rinsing out their sinuses with salt water to get rid of any dust or allergens that your senior loved one has breathed in. Getting all of that junk out of the sinuses should help seniors alleviate the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. There is also an easier to use version of a neti pot that is electric and does a thorough job cleaning out the sinuses. That machine also uses saltwater or saline.
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