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Seasonal Allergies & How to Fight Them

Part 1: Listening to Your Body’s Needs During the Warmer Seasons

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

With Spring in full swing and Summer right around the corner, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the pollen count is off the charts. If you are allergic to pollen, your immune system may identify it as a foreign substance, causing symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itching in the nose, eyes, or throat

Seasonal allergies can also cause “brain fog” due to the strain that allergies can place on the brain. For individuals experiencing memory issues such as Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, additional strain can exacerbate cognitive issues currently occurring.

Finding Relief from Allergies

Warmer weather brings us outside more often, but seasonal allergies can send us right back in. Leading up to the Spring or Summer seasons, you can begin taking an allergy medication to pretreat your symptoms and reduce inflammation. There are also daily steps you can take to relieve the worst of your symptoms as the season progresses:

  • Keep your windows closed.
  • Utilize central air conditioning with high quality HVAC filters.
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home.
  • Take a shower to remove pollen from your body and hair before bed.
  • Put your clothes in the hamper after being outside.
  • Use a dryer or hang-dry your laundry inside on a rack, not on an outdoor line.
  • Wipe down your pets to remove pollen before they come back into the house.
  • Change and wash your bedding once a week with hot water.
  • Invest in a nasal spray to flush out inhaled pollen.

Willow River is Here to Help

At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 or contact us through our website to start the conversation today.