Eye Allergies & What TO Do About Them
We're in the thick of warmer months and allergies which includes our eyes! Anyone who's experienced continuous eye allergies [ Known as Conjunctivitis ] knows how annoying it can be. Not to mention is't not cool when our eyes are as sticky as the humid season. :()
Let's get into this and what we can do about it. Eye allergy symptoms include:
Red, irritated eyes
Swelling of the eyelids
Tearing and running eyes
Painful, burning or soreness
All of these symptoms are a misfire of our immune system, the body's natural defense.
You may also be experiencing other allergic symptoms like runny and or stuffy nose and sneezing.
Eye Allergy Triggers:
Anything from pollens, weeds, grasses and trees are the most common allergic triggers for seasonal allergies. This is referred to as seasonal conjunctivitis.
Dust, pet dander and indoor allergens can be year round and referred to as chronic conjunctivitis.
Makeup, perfumes and other chemicals can trigger eye reactions and they are called contact conjunctivitis.
Lastly contact lenses are a common cause of allergic eye reactions called papillary conjunctivitis, chic cause bumps on the inside of the lid, and making the eyes red and sensitive.
You should check in with your health care provider if this is continuous problem to get proper treatment for you particular needs.
Some of the meds for nasal allergies also can work for eye allergies, for quick relief over the counter eye drops and pills can help.
[ The Crew here display a number of allergy treatments they utilize for both eye and general allergy management. The nasal sprays are a boon to helping with those dark under eye circles called allergic shiners! ]
Antihistamines liquids and pills work by blocking histamine to bring relief to itchy, watery prone eyes. Some of these meds include Zyrtec, Benadryl, Allegra, and Claritin.
Antihistamine liquids and eye drops may need to be used several times a day and are sometimes combined with other kinds of drops that includes some that shrink swollen blood vessels in the eye. But it's important to check with your doctor or pharmacist on the best protocol for you.
Depending on the severity of your case you may be prescribed a steroid eye drop to treat longer lasting eye allergens.
A few ways to help reduce eye irritant symptoms are:
Wearing sunglasses whenever you go outdoors. They help block some of the allergens and pollens fro getting into your eyes.
Rinsing the eyes with a pure saline water or applying a cold wet cloth to the eyes to calm reactions.
Use lubricating eye drops such as artificial tears to help moisten dry eyes and flush out allergens.
Try and not touch your eyes, this includes scratching around the eye area and rubbing them. ( this is difficult when they're in a flare! ) This eye contact will only make things worse. It's helpful to keep some moist cloths with you for daily trekking to prevent massive rubdowns.
[ Who' felt like this little guy during an eye flare?! :() ]
With the help of your allergist or doctor those allergic eye problems can be managed so that we can be on with our days itch free!