April Showers Bring May Flowers, Which May Bring Allergies

People are glad the cold weather is behind them, which means they can expect warmer weather and enjoy more time outdoors. However, taking time to smell the flowers may mean spending time with allergies.

Senior citizens should be especially careful in the event they have an allergic reaction. Allergies occur when their immune system “reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

When someone has an allergy, the immune system creates antibodies, which misidentifies a particular antigen as harmful. That person then comes into contact with that “harmful” antigen, which can result in inflammation of the skin, sinuses, airways or digestive tracts. While some allergic reactions are harmless and may only result in skin rashes, others may be more life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis, which results in a drop in blood pressure, constriction of the airways and the inability to breathe. When not treated immediately, it can be fatal.

Older people can have a fatal allergic reaction if they have a heart condition. Antihistamines are usually ideal for people suffering from allergies, but seniors should avoid them at all costs due to the side effects usually associated with them (among them sleepiness, dry mouth, bladder issues. etc.) Rather, they should ask their doctor if they can offer some other types of medications. 

For those looking for a more holistic treatment, nutritionists recommend eating more foods that fight inflammation, such as apples, flax seed, ginger, green leafy vegetables, and walnuts. They also recommend that seniors increase their intake of Vitamin C.

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RESOURCES:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/symptoms-causes/syc-20351497

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anaphylaxis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351468

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