Seasonal Allergies and Hayfever in Seniors

Did you know that the elderly may be more susceptible to seasonal allergies?

That’s right, as we age, our immune systems weaken, which reduces our ability to fight off allergies such as hay fever or dust allergies. This may lead to the elderly being more susceptible to seasonal allergies.

Researchers found 25 per cent of those aged 55 and over have experienced a seasonal allergy in the past year*

Not only are dust allergies and hay fever irritating to live with, but these seasonal allergies can actually irritate other long-term medical conditions, particularly those relating to the respiratory or cardiovascular systems.

Excessive coughing and sneezing can put pressure on the lungs, so if you suffer from respiratory disease, for example, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), hay fever may be more difficult to cope with.

There are other symptoms of hay fever or allergies that you may not give too much consideration to, such as watery eyes, blurred vision, or excessive coughing, but in fact, these symptoms, particularly for the elderly, can result in more serious injuries that you may not have considered.

For example, blurred vision or fatigue could result in a trip or fall, and excessive coughing could lead to difficulty in breathing.

If you or your elderly loved ones are struggling with hay fever, do not ignore it, as it could lead to more serious issues if symptoms go untreated.

Here are some key ways to manage seasonal allergies in seniors:

  • Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
  • Do not cut grass or walk on grass
  • Shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen off
  • Do not keep fresh flowers in the house
  • Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • Do not spend too much time outside
  • Take care when taking over-the-counter medication so that it does not interfere with any other medications
  • Do not dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen

If you find that you are still suffering from the symptoms, then it might be worth considering another form of support to give you some extra peace of mind.

A telecare device such as a Digital Lifeline & Pendant Package or Digital Falls Detector Package can help give you extra support should your symptoms worsen, particularly if you are at risk of a fall or have a respiratory disease.

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