Seniors and seasonal allergies

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There are a lot of things to love about spring, like leaves turning green and flowers in bloom, but sometimes the things we love don’t return the favor. Many people experience increased allergies during the spring due to changing pollen levels. According to the CDC, ” allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. The most common allergic diseases include: hay fever, asthma, conjunctivitis, hives, eczema, dermatitis and sinusitis.

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If you or a senior you know suffers from seasonal allergies, here are some tips to help you survive the season:

Use an air conditioner, fan, or humidifier to keep your home cool. Minimize time spent with your windows open. As much as you enjoy the breeze, keeping the window closed helps keep the pollen outside your home.
Check pollen levels before you travel. The National Pollen site publishes allergy forecasts just like the weather station. Check areas that you are travelling and try to pick places where the forecast is low.
Make sure your doctor knows. That seems like common sense, but many people only go to their doctor for “big” problems and fail to inform their doctor about allergic reactions. Prescription allergy medicine may be more effective for you, and your doctor can make sure that it doesn’t interfere with any other medications you may take.
Avoid mowing and gardening as much as possible. Seems easier said than done, right? If you must, take your medication and prescribed and wear a paper respiratory mask to minimize your exposure.

Shower and change after spending time outside to get rid of any allergens that might be in your hair, on your skin, and attached to your clothing.

 

Do you have any tips about ways you avoid spring allergies?

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