Natural Allergy Tips for Seniors – Shaw Local

While for many people, spring conjures up images of budding flowers and green grass, allergy sufferers imagine red-rimmed noses and puffy eyes. And older people may have noticed that their symptoms got worse with age. Unfortunately, some allergy medications may contain ingredients that can interact with other medications commonly prescribed to seniors. To that end, here are some tips from AARP on natural remedies to make allergy season more bearable:

1. Nasal irrigation

Rinsing a saline solution through one nostril and the other can help clear allergens and debris from the nose and sinuses. Nasal rinses are available at pharmacies. Please note: only use distilled, sterile or previously boiled and cooled water.

2. Exercise

Older people can boost their immune system and reduce allergic reactions simply by moving more. Health experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week. If you plan to exercise outdoors, be sure to do so when pollen counts are low.

3. Control indoor allergens

If you’ve been outside, wash your hands and shower to rid your body of as much pollen as possible. Additionally, changing clothes can help reduce exposure to pollen. Allergens can also stick to surfaces and fabrics, so be sure to wash bedding and carpets frequently. When pollen counts are high, seniors can minimize their exposure by using an air purifier and replacing the filter regularly.

4. Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids of all kinds, including water, juice, or even hot broth, can help eliminate postnasal drip and thin mucus secretions.

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