Natural relief allergy tips for older adults

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

1. Nasal irrigation

Flushing saline solution in one nostril and out the other can help remove allergens and debris from the nose and sinuses. Nasal rinse products are available at the drugstore. Of note: only use water that is distilled, sterile, or previously boiled and cooled.

2. Exercise

Older adults can keep their immune system strengthened and decrease allergic reactions by simply moving more. Health experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week. If you plan to exercise outside, make sure to do so when pollen counts are low.

3. Control indoor allergens

If you have been outside, wash your hands and take a shower to rid your body of as much pollen as possible. Additionally, changing into fresh clothes can help decrease pollen exposure. Allergens can also stick to surfaces and fabrics, so make sure to wash bedding and rugs frequently. When pollen counts are high, older adults can minimize their exposure by using an air purifier and regularly replacing the filter.

4. Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids of all kinds, including water, juice or even warm broth, can help clear post-nasal drip and thin out mucus secretions.

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