Do you hear that?
That’s the sound of runny noses, scratchy throats, and teary eyes in the spring.
AKA: Springtime Allergies.
Spring allergies are a normal problem, but they can make it hard to live a normal life.
Don’t let the symptoms of allergy season keep your senior from going outside and living healthily and happily. Learn the tricks to cope with springtime allergies and keep your loved senior enjoying the fresh air and sunny outdoors!
Diagnosing your senior’s allergies.
If your senior has been blowing his or her nose, don’t just assume it’s a cold. Especially, if it’s been going on for an extended period of time. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of springtime allergies such as:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Sinus pressure
If your senior is exhibiting any of these symptoms, take them to a doctor to get officially tested for seasonal allergies. It’s good that your doctor be aware of any and all medical concerns for your senior.
Trying all-natural solutions.
Although frustrating, spring time allergies are really no big deal if you know how to deal with them. Many people who have spring allergies right away jump to using over the counter drugs. But often times, you can alleviate your allergies with all-natural solutions. Some solutions to try are:
- Eating local honey
- Clearing your nasal passages with saline spray
- Gargling with salt water
- Warm washcloths for sinus pressure relief
Taking frequent showers is also good trick for keeping the allergy symptoms at bay. And this goes for everyone in the family. Because, when you go outside in the spring, pollen and other allergens get caught on your clothes and hair. Which means, that when you go back home, you’re brining the problem inside with you.
By taking a shower each night, you get the pollen off you, and keep the house allergen-free. Even if you don’t want to take a full out shower, just rinsing your hair with water can make a huge difference.
Frequent laundry sessions. Like we said before, pollen gets stuck on your clothing. So, if your senior seems to be extra allergic in the house for some reason, it might be time to take care of the dirty, pollen laundry.
When you’re walking outdoors, you never know when the seasonal allergies will hit. Some locations may simply be more allergy inducing than others. And if you end up in one of those locations, the symptoms are going to hit hard.
That’s why it’s important to always be prepared when going outside.
Be sure to keep a small pack containing:
- Tissues (lots of them!)
- Eye drops
- All natural allergy pills
It’s also important to carry a water bottle when you are out with your senior in the spring. Staying hydrated will help your senior if they’re getting headachy or drowsy.