Allergies and the elderly

In spite of a late-winter snowfall, spring is just around the corner. And, for many of us, the advent of spring means seasonal allergies.

Between 2010 and 2030, the population of older Americans will increase by 75%. Added to this is the fact that allergies are increasing worldwide.*

Allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching and coughing should be carefully monitored in the elderly as they could lead to sinus, bronchial or ear infections requiring antibiotics. Older adults can also be subject to skin allergies due to the use of certain Statin drugs and sun exposure.

The good news is that the older we get we tend to be come less sensitive to common allergens according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. But, keep those allergy symptoms in check for a healthy spring season!

Source: Medscape News

 

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