Spring has finally arrived, the temperatures start to get warmer, the days start getting longer and the trees and flowers start to bloom.  All of the beautiful leaves and colorful flowers put a smile on most faces, until the dreaded watery eyes and sneezing begins.  Allergies can be frustrating and annoying, but there are ways to mitigate the symptoms for seniors, but it is important to consult with their doctor.

Seniors with allergies may experience a variety of symptoms, including a runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. Skin reactions, such as redness and itching, are also possible. People who have a history of hay fever have an 87 percent higher risk of stroke compared with folks without hay fever, according to a study of nearly 10,000 adults who were 45 or older. An allergy attack sets off an inflammatory response, and it may be that this systemic inflammation can increase the risk of stroke.

Remedies for the elderly are the same, however, please be sure to check with your doctor to be sure the OTC medications do not interfere with your prescriptions and/or medical conditions. The CBCare Family of Providers hope you are able to smell the roses and have a wonderful spring.

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