How to Keep Seasonal Allergies Under Control

It’s finally beginning to feel like springtime.  The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the trees are budding.  And, if you’re one of the 36 million Americans with seasonal allergies, your nose is running, your eyes are burning, and your sinuses are screaming.
This year is shaping up to be one of the worst springs for allergy sufferers in years, particularly those allergic to mold and tree pollen in this area.  The particularly harsh winter pushed spring back, only allowing a growing mold problem coupled with a sudden explosion of many types of pollen.  And, unfortunately, the “Pollen Votex” has only just begun.
Although it is generally thought that seniors are exempt from such, many have developed adult-onset seasonal allergies.  This means that although they could play in the grass for hours as children, now they couldn’t go near a field without watery eyes and a runny nose.  But, fear not.  Here are a few ways to keep seasonal allergies at bay while getting the most out of spring.
1. Stay indoors. 
This may not be what you want to hear just as the weather warms up, but staying indoors is the easiest way to avoid allergens.  Even better is to have the air conditioning running to filter out any pollen that may float into your house.
2. Plan ahead. 
If you’re determined to enjoy the warmth and sun of the season, prepare in advance.  Check the local allergen forecast on to find days that are low in pollen counts.  Wear sunglasses to deflect floating allergens.  Try going to places with less vegetation, such as the beach.  And when you get home, wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything.
3. Talk with your doctor. 
With other medical issues on their minds, seniors sometimes forget to mention their ongoing battle with allergies.  Make a point to bring it up at the next appointment with your primary care provider.  While regular antihistamines are generally discouraged for seniors who may become dizzy or disoriented when using them, the doctor can prescribe effective and safe medication to fight seasonal allergies.
As the pollen begins to swirl, stay aware of the season and take a few precautions.  That way you can enjoy the springtime and avoid the sneezing that comes with it.
Freedom Home Care is committed to helping seniors lead a healthy and comfortable life at home.  If you or someone you know could benefit from our specialized services, call us at 708-433-5788 for more information.