Also, as people age, their immune system’s defenses often become weaker, and conditions such as congestive heart failure and sleep apnea can intensify allergies and make a person ill. Before using an over-the-counter allergy medicine, talk to your physician or pharmacist.
Symptoms and Standard Treatments
How do you know you’re suffering from an allergy? Symptoms include a runny/stuffy nose; sore, itchy eyes/nose/throat; frequent sinus symptoms, frequent respiratory infections and laryngitis/hoarse voice.
Over-the-counter allergy treatments are designed to alleviate symptoms. The most common ones are:
- Nasal spray decongestants (which should not be used for more than three days)
- Cromolyn sodium nasal spray
- Eye drops
- Nasal irrigation
If over-the-counter remedies don’t help, your doctor may recommend a prescription medication:
- Corticosteroid nasal sprays
- Leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs) such as Singulair
- Atrovent (ipratropium bromide) nasal spray
- Allergy shots
To read the full length of this article, including the causes of allergies and measures you can take during allergy season, visit the June Senior Spirit newsletter.
Article provided by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors