The month of May usually brings with it the promise or warm weather, sunny days, and plants sprouting and blossoming all over the neighborhood. However, if your loved on is a sufferer of asthma or allergies, the month of May can mean increased asthma attacks and allergy symptoms that prevent them from enjoying springtime weather and outdoor activities. Since May is the peak season for those suffering with asthma and allergies, it is has been dedicated as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Though these conditions are quite common, it is still important to raise awareness so that those undiagnosed can get treatment and so that asthma and allergy sufferers can continue to learn more about how to best manage their symptoms. If your elderly loved one suffers from allergies or asthma, be prepared during the month of May and help them to manage their symptoms as best as possible so they don’t miss out on enjoying springtime. Follow these helpful tips to help your loved one get the most out of the season:
• Know Your Loved One’s Asthma Triggers Knowing your loved one’s asthma triggers is the first step to preventing an asthma attack. Some caregivers may find it helpful to keep a daily log or journal of their loved one’s activities, meals, things they were exposed to, etc. to discover their loved one’s triggers. For some, it could be being around an animal, certain fragrances, or being around tobacco smoke. Once you discover what their triggers are, you can help them to avoid these triggers in the future.
• Encourage Your Loved One to Properly Use Their Medications Oftentimes doctors will prescribe medications to those suffering from asthma or allergies so that they can best manage their symptoms and prevent flare-ups. It is important for you to encourage your loved one to take their medication as directed, especially during the spring when allergy and asthma flare-ups are on the rise.
• Reduce Allergens and Irritants in the Home There are many things that we use every day at home that can be a source of allergens and irritants that can cause your loved one to have allergy symptoms and even an asthma attack. To reduce your loved one’s symptoms, try your best to avoid or eliminate these items. Some examples include perfumes, air fresheners, cleaning products, and excessive dust. Consider putting allergy covers on your loved one’s pillows and mattress and changing the air filter in your loved one’s furnace.