How to Handle Allergy Problems in Your Older Years?
Many people suffer from seasonal allergies once spring rolls around. The trees start to bud, which is a beautiful harbinger of summer, but the amount of pollen and airborne allergens start to rise. This can lead to miserable days of coughing, sniffing, sneezing, and itchy, red eyes.
For seniors, seasonal allergies can have even more dangerous side effects as they can exacerbate existing cardiovascular or pulmonary conditions.
Seasonal allergies can develop at any age, so there’s really no way to predict whether this allergy season will bother you. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to be prepared by learning how to handle allergies before major issues arise.
To help, here are some of the best products that can help seniors handle their allergy problems.
Allegra is the brand name of over-the-counter fexofenadine, an antihistamine medication. It works to limit reactions by blocking histamine receptors and helps to alleviate all kinds of seasonal allergy symptoms, as well as allergy symptoms that result from dust, dander, or other airborne allergens. Fexofenadine is known for inducing less drowsiness than other antihistamine medication, which makes it ideal for daytime use.
Seniors may be more sensitive to the effects of Allegra, so it’s a good idea to start with a small dosage and wait a few hours to see how your body reacts. Be careful when taking Allegra if you’re also taking antacids, erythromycin, or ketoconazole.
Allegra is available in tablets, gelcaps, or in liquid form. It’s available in two formulations: 12-hour and 24-hour. The smallest size starts at $12.99. Plus, Allegra is currently offering a $2 off coupon on their website.
Another useful allergy medication is Claritin, which is the brand name of over-the-counter loratadine. Claritin offers its traditional formula, as well as Claritin-D, which contains pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant medication. Claritin-D should be taken carefully and only during the daytime. Pseudoephedrine has stimulating effects and can make people feel excitable and hyperactive. It can also interact with a number of different drugs, so it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before you use Claritin-D.
Starting at $5.24, regular Claritin is available in 12-hour and 24-hour tablets and liqui-gels. It’s generally safe for seniors, although it does interact with some medications, including Ranexa, Prezista, and Sprycel. It should never be taken with grapefruit juice because the way they’re both metabolized can cause an adverse reaction.
Flonase is a nasal spray that offers relief from seasonal allergy symptoms. The active ingredient is fluticasone. It is a type of corticosteroid, which relieves swelling and inflammation. It’s helpful for alleviating symptoms like a runny, itching nose, sneezing, and can help ease congestion.
Flonase interacts with many prescription medications, so it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before you start using it. You can use it either once or twice a day but shouldn’t exceed that dosage.
Flonase offers two adult products: Sensimist Allergy Relief, which relieves nasal congestion, and Flonase Allergy Relief, which helps target a wider range of allergy symptoms including itchy, watery eyes. One bottle starts at $15.99 and $13.99 respectively.
Another product that targets nasal inflammation related to allergies is Nasacort. Nasacort is the brand name associated with the over-the-counter medication triamcinolone, which is used to treat nasal inflammation. While Flonase is safe for seniors to use, you should consult your doctor before trying this medication out if you have glaucoma, asthma, or cataracts.
To use it, carefully spray one nostril at a time, being careful to avoid getting the mist in your eyes or mouth. After taking Flonase, you should be able to breathe much more freely. Plus, your itchy, runny nose should return to normal. It’s effective for up to 24 hours at a time.
Nasacort is non-drowsy and is extremely effective on nasal allergy symptoms. It comes in a small, discrete bottle, which makes it easy to take on the go. It only comes in one formulation, although there are a number of sizes to choose from. The smallest size costs $12.99 and offers 60 sprays.
Chlorphen-12 is a tablet that offers long-lasting relief from allergy symptoms. Instead of using an antihistamine that blocks histamine receptors, it relies on chlorpheniramine, which reduces the effects of histamine chemicals in the body. In fact, some people find it works better for them than traditional antihistamine medications.
If medications like Allegra or Claritin don’t work for you, Chlorphen-12 is the next product you should try. It’s been shown to help relieve symptoms like itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny nose. For some people, it can cause blurred vision or slow your reaction time, so it’s best not to operate heavy machinery or drive after taking Chlorphen-12.
Chlorphen-12 is available in tablet form and costs $16.99 for 24 doses. Although it’s pricier than Allegra or Claritin, if it works for you, then the cost is worth it to avoid painful and annoying allergy symptoms.
Allergies and allergic reactions are something that seniors should take very seriously, especially if you already have breathing or heart trouble.
This allergy season, stock up on an over-the-counter medication that works for you. If you’re taking any other type of medication, consult your doctor first, and see what they recommend.