Seasonal Allergies in Older Adults


Seasonal allergies become more common in seniors as their natural defenses begin to break down. This means that older adults need to be more careful outdoors during seasonal changes and be more cautious about the signs of seasonal allergies.

Older adults who are not used to coping with the symptoms of seasonal allergies may suffer more than those who have learned, over the years, to avoid common allergens, such as certain pollens.

Here are few allergies that can occur in seniors with a season change:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Skin rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • …and many more.

Common allergens

Allergens can appear everywhere and are not just seasonal. Specific food components can also trigger allergic reactions, such as gluten. The foods that cause allergies include:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Peanuts and other nuts
  • Shellfish
  • …and many others.

Other allergens include:

  • Medications, such as penicillin or ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Insects stings, such as fire ants and bee stings.
  • Plant pollens from trees, grass and weeds.
  • Metals, including nickel, cobalt, and zinc.
  • Moths, caddis and lake flies, midges, cockroaches, and dust mite excrement.
  • Animals and animal byproducts, like fur, wool,dander, or skin flakes.

How can you avoid allergy flair ups?

Tips to avoid seasonal allergies:

  • Stay inside on dry and windy days.
  • Do not hang laundry outside as pollens may stick to the material.
  • Use air conditioners in the home with HEPA filters, as well as using the AC in the car instead of opening windows, to keep the air clean.Air purifiers can help those very sensitive during this time.
  • Keep the floors clean.
  • Eat the right foods.
  • Wash your hair at night in order to remove pollens that maybe stuck in your hair. Doing so will help prevent transferring them to your bedding.
  • The use of antihistamines may help relieve sneezing, itching, a runny nose and watery eyes. If you take other medication, make sure to talk with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if there are any interactions.

You can stay away from the worst of the seasonal allergies by following the above tips. Plus, if you need any help with senior care, contact Always Best Care. They are a senior care firm known for providing the best Geriatric care in Contra Costa County. For more information, call them today at (925) 210-0323.

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