While we all look forward to the more pleasant weather that marks the beginning of spring, for many individuals, the enjoyable climate comes with a price in the form of seasonal allergies. Sadly, even if you have never experienced seasonal allergies before, you cannot assume you are immune to them.
Doctors state that allergies can develop at any age, and although it’s not known exactly why, the prevalence of adult-onset allergies in the United States is increasing. One theory is that repeated exposure to certain allergens can actually increase sensitivity over time, rather than decrease it as one might think.
For senior citizens, it is especially important to look for the signs that come with seasonal allergies. These include sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and itchy and/or watery eyes. If you notice them, speak to your doctor right away, as allergy symptoms can be particularly dangerous to seniors with cardiovascular issues. Additionally, a doctor will be able to recommend treatments other than antihistamines, which may not be recommended for seniors due to the potential side effects.
Whether allergies are familiar to you or something you are experiencing for the first time, the following tips can help get you through allergy season smoothly.
Posted: to All Towns News on Mon, May 27, 2019
Updated: Mon, May 27, 2019