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Seasonal Allergies: Staving Off the Symptoms

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It’s that time of year again. Spring flowers are starting to bloom, which might mean itchy, watery eyes and sneezing for North Broward hourly caregivers and their senior loved ones. There are a few simple things that you can do to help your loved one minimize allergy symptoms and still enjoy springtime.

Close the Windows

Of course, refraining from turning on the air conditioner for as long as possible will save money as the weather warms up. However, allergy sufferers might fare better by turning on the AC and closing the windows. If pollen is a trigger for your senior loved one, having the windows open and breathing in the pollen-laden air all day and night is a recipe for sneezing and wheezing.

Blow Your Nose

North Broward elder care providers can help elderly parents or family members alleviate allergy symptoms simply advising them to blow their noses and keep them clean. Keeping a nose free of irritants and pollen can decrease your loved one’s allergy symptoms by ridding the mucus of allergens. Many find relief by using natural saline sprays to keep the nasal passages lubricated and flush out irritants.

Use a Good Decongestant

There are tons of over-the-counter decongestants that can help allergy sufferers, too. Decongestants help alleviate the swollen or stuffy feeling that allergy sufferers often complain about that can lead to sinus pressure and even infections. This will also help your loved one breathe easily through his or her nose and prevent sore throat associated with sinus drainage and/or breathing through the mouth.

Try Natural Solutions

There are also more natural options that can help your loved one provided he or she does not want to use traditional medications. Many allergy sufferers find relief by ingesting small amounts of raw honey. Additionally, others have used various combinations of essential oils, such as eucalyptus and lemon, to find relief for common allergy symptoms.

With spring quickly approaching, it is a good idea to arm your loved one with tools to effectively stave off allergy symptoms. In addition to the above solutions, you can also turn to Home Care Assistance for all of your senior home care needs. Not only do we help seniors manage daily activities around the house to promote senior health and wellbeing, but we also provide specialized services such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, and dementia home care in North Broward. Help your loved one this allergy season and for the duration of his or her golden years by calling 954-906-5161 today and scheduling a free consultation.