Combatting Spring Allergies in Dallas


For most people, the beginning of spring is a welcome change of scenery from the grey skies of winter, but for others, the brighter weather also signals the onset of the irritating symptoms of seasonal allergies.  In the elderly,these symptoms can potentially lead to more serious conditions.

There are a number of things that can be done to keep allergies in check and minimize their effects.  This includes regular cleaning and paying careful attention to weather forecasts.  If your loved one receives senior care in Dallas, as provided by Always Best Care, there are a number of things your Caregiver can help with.

Washing

This covers a number of areas.  Allergy sufferers will find relief from symptoms if they regularly wash their hands and face.  It is also important to keep clothes clean.  Changing clothes after being outside, as well as removing outdoor shoes before entering the house, can help to reduce the threat of allergens.

Regular washing of bed sheets, blankets, and any other washable fabrics in the house can also help.

Medications

An in-house Caregiver can help remind your loved one to take his or her medication.  It is worth remembering, however, that over-the-counter drugs such as antihistamine could alter the effectiveness of other medications taken for other health conditions.  Combining medications always has the potential to produce dangerous side effects.

Always consult a doctor before taking new medication.

Air Purifier

An air purifier takes in contaminated air, runs it through a filter, and then expels the clean air out the other side.  Investing in one of these devices can keep your loved one’s air clean and healthy to breathe.

Monitor Air Quality

If the air quality outside is filled with plenty of allergens flying about, then it may be worth staying indoors until it improves.  If your loved one needs to go outside, then ensure he or she has adequate protection in the form of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

It is very important to look out for symptoms of allergies as soon as they present themselves.  Sometimes a runny nose and itchy eyes can be mistaken for a cold.  Always consult a medical professional regarding symptoms, as identifying allergens at an early stage could help reduce the effects of an allergy.

Stay up-to-date with cleaning, and always consult weather forecasts and air quality reports before venturing outdoors.

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