Manage Seasonal Allergies with our Pittsburgh Retirement Community
Keep Your Loved One Happy and Healthy this Summer
Summer is officially here, and while the season brings warm weather and beautiful blooms, it also brings about the dreadful pollen. Many of us are prone to experiencing the symptoms of seasonal allergies—sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, congestion–all of which can make going outside unbearable at times. While there is no cure for allergies, they can be treated, controlled and somewhat prevented. If you are looking for ways to help your loved one enjoy warm weather, but they experience allergic reactions to seasonal triggers such as pollen, we have some tips for you. Keep reading for ways to help manage your loved one’s seasonal allergies from The Haven, one of the best Pittsburgh Retirement Communities.
Minimize Your Loved One’s Exposure to Triggers
First and foremost, the most obvious way to manage allergy symptoms is by avoiding seasonal triggers altogether. However, this is pretty difficult to do, so it’s best to reduce your loved one’s exposure to triggers as much as possible. This includes staying inside when pollen levels are high, keeping their windows and doors closed, providing them with a face mask to wear when going outside, avoiding hanging their laundry outside, and having them shower after going outside. If they love to be outdoors, remember that the safest time to venture out is right after it rains, as it can help reduce pollen in the air and wash it away.
Ensure the Air Indoor Spaces are Clean
During allergy season, it’s important to keep pollen out of indoor spaces, like living spaces and cars. One of the best ways to do this is by ensuring that there is clean, fresh air. Some ways you keep your loved one’s air clean are by using air conditioning, regularly changing air filters, using a dehumidifier, and cleaning floors often to avoid any kick-up of pollen that may have been tracked in on shoes.
Provide Over-The-Counter Allergy Medicines
There are a variety of over-the-counter medicines that can help mitigate allergy symptoms. However, it’s a good idea to consult with your loved one’s doctor to see which may be best for them, as some of these can cause side effects and aren’t recommended for people with certain medical conditions. The following are different OTC medicine options to help relieve allergies:
Antihistamines are great for minimizing itching, sneezing and runny nose. Some examples include Benadryl®, Claritin®, Allegra®, and Zyrtec®.
Nasal Sprays are particularly helpful for curing nasal congestion, postnasal drip and sinus pressure, which antihistamines can’t treat as well. Some examples of topical nasal steroid sprays include Flonase®, Rhinocort®, Nasonex® and Nasacort®.
Oral Decongestants can also help to ease stuffiness and congestion. Some examples of oral decongestants include Sudafed®, Allegra-D®, Claritin-D® and Zyrtec-D®.
Be Proactive to Reduce Allergic Reactions
Be sure to prepare in advance in order to reduce the onset of seasonal allergies among your loved one. Here are some examples of how you can be prepared for and proactive during allergy season:
Get your loved one’s living space prepared with fresh, efficient air filters prior to allergy season
Check the current pollen levels daily to see if the pollen counts are particularly high to avoid taking your loved one outside and reduce symptom flare-ups
Help your loved one begin using nasal steroid spray daily, a couple of weeks in advance of allergy season, as it can help prevent nose inflammation
It’s important to help your loved one manage their allergies this summer (and every spring and summer!) so that they can enjoy the cheerful season in comfort. These are just a few ways to help manage symptoms, but you may want to consult a doctor if symptoms do not ease. At The Haven, we do everything we can to help ward off seasonal allergies among our retirement living residents, from ensuring high-air quality to assisting them with medication management.
As we get older, it’s super important to prioritize our health and well-being. A balanced diet plays a crucial role in maintaining good health, and what better way to embrace a healthier lifestyle than by incorporating fresh and nutritious vegetables into our meals? This season offers an abundance of colorful and flavorful veggies that can be the foundation of delicious and wholesome meals.
Keep reading for some delightful veggie-based meal ideas from our community in Lake Charles, LA – which will allow you to enjoy the season’s bountiful harvest and promote a healthier lifestyle:https://ow.ly/uXuz50PPqFQ
We all want to start our days on the right foot, and prioritizing a well-balanced breakfast is a great way to make sure you have energy all day! Our residents have access to healthy breakfasts every day of the week, but for our friends at home, one easy way to add a nutritious punch to your morning meal is by adding spinach to a simple scramble.
It is extremely easy to make for yourself or a loved one if you’re short on time in the morning. Simply heat up a nonstick pan, add your eggs, some spinach, and a little of your favorite seasoning (we love everything bagel seasoning)! Turn the eggs occasionally to cook them through, and you're ready to eat.
If you have more time, you can add cheese or avocados too!