Flowers blooming, leaves greening, and people sneezing. Yes, spring is in full swing and that means pollen spores are out on a mission.
For seniors, allergies can take a great toll on the body. Taking over the counter medicines are a good way to prevent allergies from acting up, but side effects like drowsiness and dizziness that can be even more harmful for people 65 and older. Also many Medicare Part D beneficiaries are on prescription drug plans that could counteract with these drugs in a negative way.
Senior health insurance like Medicare and Medicare Supplemental Insurance are good for keeping your health in tip-top shape, but sometimes mother nature can be difficult.
We have provided some simple ways to battle allergy season without the use of medication. The following tips were pulled from a senior health article on About.com.
1. Avoid allergens and molds as much as possible. Instead of walking outside in the park or on hiking trails, try walking in the local shopping mall. Most malls have walking clubs with mall businesses offering discounts. It will be much cooler too!
2. When you have to go outside try to avoid grassy areas (especially those areas with fresh mown grass) or areas with lots of foliage.
3. Keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into your home.
4. Use and air conditioner and dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry.
5. Keep car windows closed while traveling.
6. Be aware of local pollen counts and avoid outdoor activity on days when it is high. To find out the pollen count for your are, visit the NAB Web site .
7. If you live in an area that has high smog levels, be aware of those levels and take appropriate measures on high smog days such as staying indoors or limiting activity.
8. Plan your vacation at the beach rather than the mountains, pollen counts are much lower at the beach near the ocean.
9. If you must mow or rake – activities that stir up a lot of pollen and mold – wear a paper respiratory mask to lower your exposure.
10. Even though “line-dried” clothing and linens have a wonderful “fresh” scent, use the dryer, as pollens and mold can collect on items drying on the clothesline.
11. Take medications as prescribed in the recommended dosage. Even if your symptoms are severe, stick with the recommended amounts of medication.
12. Shower after being outdoors to remove any pollen and mold that may be left clinging to your skin and hair.
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