Many people suffer from allergy symptoms in the fall. They’re caused by plants that release pollen in the fall, like ragweed, and the mold that grows on fallen leaves. Since most people associate seasonal allergies with the spring, fall allergies can sometimes be overlooked. Knowing what to look for and what to do to alleviate your aging relative’s fall allergies could make this autumn more comfortable for them.
Fall Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms of fall allergies are just like those of other seasonal allergies that occur in the spring. They include:
- Eyes that are watery and itchy.
- A runny nose (mucus is clear) and sneezing.
- Stuffy nose.
- Wheezing and/or asthma.
- An itchy feeling in the throat.
- Skin symptoms, like hives, itching, or eczema.
- Ears that feel full.
- Mucus draining down the back of the throat.
Tips for Reducing Allergy Symptoms
There are many ways to help your aging relative relieve their allergy symptoms. Some tips that may help are:
- Keep an Eye on Pollen Levels: Watch the local news to find out whether pollen levels are high that day. Since pollen tends to be higher in the morning, avoid scheduling outdoor activities or appointments in the morning hours. This will reduce the senior’s exposure to pollen.
- Stay Inside When It’s Dry and Windy: Dry, windy days that blow leaves and pollen around can be particularly problematic for allergy sufferers. It stirs up all the mold spores stuck to leaves and sends pollen flying through the air. It’s better for the older adult to stay inside on those days.
- Don’t Hang Laundry Out: Many seniors still like to hang out some of their laundry, like sheets and towels. However, pollen can stick to them and then come into the house. When the older adult sleeps on the sheets or dries with the towel, they are breathing in the pollen, which makes allergy symptoms worse.
- Use Non-Prescription Medicines: Ask the doctor if a non-prescription allergy medicine is appropriate for your aging relative.
Elderly care can also assist with keeping your aging relative more comfortable during allergy season. An elderly care provider can help the senior to find out what the pollen levels are for the day and adjust the day’s plans accordingly. Elderly care providers can also find indoor activities for the older adult to do when they cannot go outside, such as doing a puzzle together or playing a game. If the doctor approves the use of allergy medications, an elderly care provider can remind the senior to take them.
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