Combatting Spring Allergies

With the temperatures rising and flowers starting to bloom, spring is finally here in Maryland. While the season is genuinely a welcome sight for many after a rather cold winter, the rise in pollen levels that spring brings with it can cause havoc for those that live with allergies.

Seniors who suffer from respiratory or cardiovascular health problems here in Potomac are particularly at risk of suffering an adverse reaction.

To help make sure that seniors receivinghome care in Potomac make it through the season unscathed, we’ve put together a simple list that parents and caregivers should follow, below:


Spotting an allergic reaction is often quite easy due to the visual and audio effects it has on a person. You may find that your loved one’s face becomes red or that their eyes and nose start to water.

Another common symptom is a wheezing sound when he or she breathes, which can help to distinguish whether your loved one is suffering from a common cold or an allergy.

If you’re at all unsure, it’s best to consult with your loved one’s doctor so that he or she receives the appropriate medicine.

Don’t Mix Medicines

Those of us that suffer from allergies under a certain age will most likely visit our local pharmacy when we first feel the symptoms of hay fever. In most scenarios, we’re fortunate enough not to have to worry about mixing medications, which means the treatment often works as it should.

In a senior’s case, the mixing of medications can lead to serious health complications, so it’s always best to err on the side of caution and to speak to a local general practitioner or doctor for advice.

Invest in an Air Purifier

An air purifier in the home can help rid the air of any pollen, making the indoors a safe haven away from any allergies.

Remember, for the purifier to work properly, all windows and doors will need to be shut throughout the day and night.

Regularly Wash

Making sure a senior washes his or her face and hands once they step indoors can help rid the skin of any pollen, which should help to reduce allergy symptoms.

Another more extreme step is to have a change of clothes ready whenever your senior steps foot back inside the house. This works in much the same way, removing the pollen from your loved one’s person and therefore making it easier for him or her to relax in peace.

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