People with allergies often dread spring because of the increasing amount of pollen in the air. While different plants are in bloom, they release numerous allergens that cause people with allergies, including seniors, to have worsening symptoms including itchy, watery eyes and runny nose. Luckily there are ways hourly caregivers in Windermere can help their senior loved ones prevent and combat seasonal allergies.
Change and wash bedding frequently. When we go outside, pollen clings to our hair and skin. Even if people change into different clothes when they go to sleep, some of that pollen goes to bed with them. People spend eight hours of their day in bed and if allergens are there, this makes allergy symptoms worse. Changing and washing bedding will prevent a build-up of pollen on your loved one’s sheets and blankets.
During peak allergy season, seniors with allergies can make symptoms worse by consuming dairy products, which generate more histamine in the body. Be sure that your loved one eats and drinks as little dairy as possible during this time. Instead, Windermere home care providers should encourage their loved ones to drink more water.
Protect the Nose
Have your loved one wear a mask outside. Even an activity as seemingly small as taking a trip to the store can cause seniors with allergies to have an increase in symptoms. That’s because going outside puts seniors right into the invisible clouds of pollen. By wearing a mask, people are able to filter out some of the pollen and protect themselves from exacerbating allergy symptoms.
Dust and vacuum the house regularly. Pollen comes in on clothes and shoes and also blows in through open windows and doors. It can stay on the floor and furniture and aggravate your loved one’s allergy symptoms. By cleaning, especially dusting and vacuuming, people can eliminate the excess pollen that can come inside of the home.
Allergies can pose a serious problem for seniors with respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD. By implementing the above tips, family caregivers can help their loved ones breathe easily this spring. Additionally, they can turn to Prestige Home Care to help their loved ones manage other respiratory or medical problems. Specifically, we provide numerous in-home services such as stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s home care for seniors in Windermere to help them achieve the health and wellbeing they deserve. Learn more by calling (407) 232-7155 and scheduling a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager today.