Getting Through Allergy Season for Mishawaka Senior Care Residents

Don’t let seasonal allergies bring you down this spring!

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Everyone loves the beauty of spring – flowers, leaves appearing on trees, and fresh cut grass – it’s a world of scents and magic! However, for many of us the new growth also brings seasonal allergies. While some people may experience minor symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, or the occasional sneeze, others find allergy season incredibly painful with symptoms like postnasal drip, persistent headaches, dry cough, and even increased tiredness due to lack of proper sleep from difficulty breathing.

If you or your loved one experiences seasonal allergies, there are some easy ways to prepare your home or their space for the season. At Heritage Point Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living in Mishawaka, IN, we pride ourselves on providing a healthy environment for all of our residents. Check out some of our top tips for preparing you and your loved one for allergy season!

Allergy Meds

Starting allergy medication before the allergy season starts is incredibly important. Most health professionals recommend starting allergy medication two to four weeks before your allergy season begins. This process allows your body to prepare itself with the antihistamines it needs to fight symptoms. Similar to a vaccine, which can protect you from disease altogether, allergy medications started before allergy season can prevent your symptoms from even starting. If your loved one is the one who needs allergy medication, please consult with our staff and your loved one’s doctor to ensure they are taking medication regularly, and that is appropriate for their specific needs.

HEPA

Keeping the air we breathe clean is one of the most effective ways to combat allergy symptoms. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air filters and they can clear the air of 99.7% of allergens, pollution, and even bacteria. While we recommend using HEPA air purifiers all year round, they’re especially important during allergy season and cold and flu season! Some of the top rated HEPA air purifiers can be found on this list compiled by Good Housekeeping, though make note that some of the air purifiers listed are not HEPA certified.

Honey

One of the most delicious ways to combat seasonal allergies is to incorporate local honey into your or your loved one’s diet. Not only is honey an incredible antioxidant and helps decrease inflammation, but adding local honey to one’s diet can potentially aid with seasonal allergies related to pollen. Because it is made from the pollen that might be affecting one’s allergies, it is thought that over time, one will become less sensitive to the local pollen. This is not scientifically proven, but one thing is for sure – adding honey to your or your loved one’s diet can be a good way to suppress a cough – a classic symptom of allergies.

Stay Inside

While we love to spend as much time outside in the beautiful weather, when the pollen count is high, it’s beneficial to stay inside. You can check out your local weather channel to gauge just how high the pollen count is for any given day. A pollen count is simply the measurement of pollen in the air, and as you may have guessed, the more pollen in the air, the more you may feel the symptoms of your seasonal allergies. On days with a high pollen count, consider staying home. We encourage all our residents to stay inside on high pollen-count days, as it really is one of the best precautionary measures we can take!

If you or your loved one suffers from seasonal allergies, we hope this list gave you a few ideas to try out this allergy season.

Should you be interested in learning more, please schedule a tour of the Heritage Point memory care and transitional assisted living community in South Bend, IN, please give our friendly team a call today!

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