Tips for seniors to Cope with Winter Allergy Triggers

The winter season can bring forth many health related challenges for the elderly, especially those who have mobility issues and are homebound. During the winters, as they spend most of their time indoors, they are often exposed to various allergens and irritants such as dust mites, smoke, household sprays, gas fumes, and pet dander —which can make their life miserable.

If your senior loved one is sensitive to any of these allergens, here’s what you can do to provide them some relief during the cold months.

  • Cover the mattress and pillows in allergen-resistant covers. Also, wash the bedding every week in hot water and then dry it on a high temperature setting.
  • Use a humidifier to maintain the right humidity levels in the house. Dry air causes dry nasal passages that are easily inflamed by the allergens. On the other hand, excessive humidity causes mold to grow that also presents problems for allergy sufferers. The right humidity levels are generally between 30%-50%.
  • Regularly vacuum the carpeting in your home in order to remove dust mites.
  • Use a HEPA filter for removing dust and other allergens from the indoor air. Mopping floors regularly can also be very effective.
  • Change the air filters frequently. Forced-air furnaces pass airborne dust, which contains lint, bacteria, animal dander, and fabric fiber.
  • As pets too stay indoors more in the cold months, make sure you bathe them frequently.

If you suspect that your loved one is dealing with winter allergies, consult a doctor. They will run the required tests to verify whether it is a cold or allergy, and then suggest the right treatment plan. In order to manage the health of your loved one in winters, you can also hire a caregiver, who can take care of them in your absence.

For experienced, compassionate in home caregivers in East Bay, contact Always Best Care!