How to Prepare for Spring Allergies

Apr 15, 2024 | Newsletter, Spring 2024

As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, many of us eagerly welcome the arrival of spring which commonly brings spring allergies.  

Due to increased rainfall, this year’s allergies may pose an even greater risk to older adults. Mayo Clinic explains that rainfall can lead to the growth of mold and pollen, which can alter allergy symptoms. It is important to adopt effective strategies to alleviate allergy symptoms and minimize their impact on daily life. 

Unfortunately, older adults may often juggle multiple health conditions and medications which can obscure the diagnosis and complicate the management of seasonal allergies. According to AgingCare, older adults may have pre-existing diseases or take medications that mask allergy symptoms or worsen allergic reactions. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory issues can also cause further complications. 

Luckily, there are proactive measures older adults can take. Medical News Today emphasizes the importance of identifying allergy triggers. These may include staying indoors during peak pollen hours, using air purifiers, and keeping windows closed to prevent allergens from entering your home. 

AgingCare suggests consulting healthcare professionals for proper diagnosis and treatment. Since older adults may be more susceptible to adverse effects from allergy medications, it is essential to find the right balance between symptom relief and potential side effects. Healthcare providers may recommend suitable antihistamines, nasal sprays, or allergy shots tailored to your needs. 

By implementing targeted strategies for allergy prevention and management, we can embrace the spring season with confidence and ease.  

To learn more on how to manage allergies, speak with a Community Resource Specialist at (408) 350-3200, option 1, or email