Even though winter is coming, that doesn’t mean your elderly loved one won’t be exposed to pollen. Many people only think about pollen during the spring or summer. The truth is that while there is less pollen during the colder months, it is still there. If your elderly loved one has pollen allergies or even if they just get irritated by the pollen, there are some ways to help senior citizens reduce their exposure to pollen.
Staying Out of Specific Outdoor Situations
There are certain areas that are more prone to having pollen than others. For example, the local park, places where there are a lot of trees, and places with a lot of grass have more pollen than the areas that don’t have these things. If your elderly loved one is trying to prevent their allergies to pollen from acting up, they should do their best to avoid these areas. If your elderly loved one needs something from these areas, you or a companion care at home provider may want to help get it for them.
Another way that your elderly loved one can reduce the exposure they have to pollen is to keep clean. You or an elderly care provider should encourage your elderly loved one to wash their hands, change their clothes, or even take a shower after they were exposed to pollen. By doing this, your elderly loved one can get most or all the pollen off themselves. Keeping clean can also help to prevent the pollen from getting all over their house.
Keeping the Windows Closed
Your elderly loved one can reduce their pollen exposure by keeping their windows closed, too. Sometimes, elderly people believe that they will be safe from pollen if they keep their doors closed, but open the glass windows while letting air in through the screens. The pollen can easily get into the house through those screens. If your elderly loved one really wants to keep the pollen out of their home, they will need to keep the windows shut completely.
Does your elderly loved one have an allergy to pollen? Even if they don’t have an allergy, but they experience some symptoms such as itchy skin or runny nose when exposed to pollen, it would be best for them to reduce their exposure to it. The tips above are a great start to helping your elderly loved one to lower their risk of pollen exposure. If your elderly loved one has more severe allergy symptoms related to pollen exposure, make sure you or a companion care at home provider take them to see their doctor. Your elderly loved one may need medications to help treat their allergies.