Seasonal conditions drive many of us indoors – which can provide protection from the elements, but also exposes us to household allergens that may cause respiratory complications. Happily, relief may not be quite as far away as you think. Simple to implement, the following suggestions can keep you breathing easy all year long.
If you haven’t had an allergy test in years, it’s probably a good idea to go and get one now. As we age, our sensitivities can shift – and potentially provide us with unpleasant surprises if left undiagnosed. Be aware of your current allergies, so you can identify the airborne elements which cause them. From hay fever to plant pollen, planning for the season ahead can prevent accidents before they occur. Prepare yourselves by reviewing the expiration date on inhalers, investing in an air purifier, and get in the habit of checking the air quality index every day.
Avoid smoke of any kind
Capable of worsening an existing condition, smoke has a way of lingering inside a home – which can wreak havoc on your allergies, especially if it’s too cold to air the place out. If you have a fireplace, regular cleanings may be required during months of heavy use – although it may be necessary to forgo the fires altogether, should you find yourself with persistent symptoms. Steer clear of cigarette smoke, incense burners, and scented candles. It may also be necessary to avoid areas where smoke gathers. Parking garages, taverns, and rec rooms all hold the potential to irritate and upset your respiratory system.
Without regular household cleaning, residue can build up relatively quickly – eventually achieving a level of concentration which could cause a severe allergic response. Frequent vacuuming is a great way to keep levels of dust, mites, and pet dander under control. Make sure to sanitize your kitchen, and confirm the vent on your stove is unobstructed. Inspect bathrooms and furnace rooms for the presence of mold – and most importantly, make sure to bathe regularly. A shower before bed removes the day’s allergens from your body, allowing you to sleep soundly and without interruption.
Watch your Health
The more weight you gain, the more strain those additional pounds will be placing on your body – weakening its overall ability to respond to infections and recover from illness. Shedding a few pounds is an effective strategy for reducing your severity to airborne irritants. Try and plan a diet which avoids starchy foods that leave you feeling lethargic and lead to inactivity. Many retirement homes offer meal schedules which cater specifically to these needs. Plan a regular after-dinner walk every evening, to help you stay on track.
Written by Josh Byer
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