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Elder Care Bellevue WA: Coping With Seasonal Allergies

Elder Care Bellevue WA: Coping With Seasonal Allergies
Allergy medication can be harmful for seniors – how to stay safe.

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes warmer weather, more outdoor activities and more allergens in the form of pollens and molds. If you are one of an estimated 36 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis – more popularly known as hay fever – summer may be a time of year you dread. This year’s allergies season promises to be even worse in some parts of the country because of the higher than usual level of rainfall this past winter and spring. Unfortunately there is no way to control the weather, but there are various things that allergy sufferers can do to help lessen the symptoms of allergies that include itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and non-stop sneezing. Current medications used to treat these symptoms usually contain antihistamines that can cause drowsiness and dizziness that can be especially dangerous for seniors. They may also be taking other medications that can cause very dangerous interactions or reactions. Elder care caregivers can help seniors avoid these dangers by helping with a list of medications they are currently taking and speaking with the pharmacist or doctor.  They can also help with medication reminders and organization.

Research is being done for treatments for allergies that will help to prevent the allergic reaction in the first place rather than focusing on treating the symptoms. Allergy specialists expect that this is the future of allergy treatment. Unfortunately these new treatments will not be available for several years. In the meantime there are steps that can be taken to help lessen your exposure to allergens and be more comfortable this allergy season. The following tips are offered by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:

1. Avoid allergens and molds as much as possible. Instead of walking outside in the park or on hiking trails, try walking in the local shopping mall. Most malls have walking clubs with mall businesses offering discounts. It will be much cooler too!
2. When you have to go outside try to avoid grassy areas (especially those areas with fresh mown grass) or areas with lots of foliage.
3. Keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into your home.

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