While spring is in full swing, All Heart Homecare Agency decided to share some important information about seasonal allergies.
Now, in mid-April, when the flowers start blooming many people are faced with allergy symptoms. Nowadays, an allergy is one of the most common diseases in the world. Unfortunately, in the elderly these processes are a little more complicated; moreover, if the person has been allergic for many years, the system may develop resistance to the usual antihistamines. In addition, the elderly tend to have chronic diseases that can complicate the course of an allergy.
Allergy – is the disruption of work of the immune system, when the body starts to react too sharply to certain stimuli. If you have previously experienced an allergy and you know the symptoms, you will easily identify it and immediately begin to take medication. But when it starts for the first time, patients need some time to understand that this is not a cold, for example.
Allergy symptoms can manifest through the respiratory system, skin or digestive organs. The most common signs are:
- itching in the nasal aperture
- abundant mucous discharge
- watery eyes
- dryness and flaking of the skin
- swelling of the lips or tongue
- nausea or vomiting
Please note, that the main difference between allergies and other diseases is the absence of fever.
If you noticed symptoms of an allergy on yourself or a close someone, first of all you need to wash the affected area with clean and warm water (it can be a mucous membrane or skin). If you know what has caused an allergic reaction, protect the patient from contact with the allergen. If the reaction was caused by an insect bite, you should get the sting out of the skin. A cold compress on the affected area will help to relieve it. Afterwards, you need to contact the doctor for a prescription for an antihistamine. It is very important to monitor the patient’s condition, and if it gets worse, it is necessary to seek immediate medical attention.
Be healthy and safe, and remember that All Heart Homecare Agency is always here for you.