How to Fight Those Spring Allergies
It’s that time of the year again where your eyes are itchy and the nose is running. It’s not the common cold, it’s worse – allergies!
Eye Allergy Symptoms
- Clear, watery discharge
Eye Allergy Triggers
- Pollen from grass, trees, and weeds
- Pet dander, dust mites, and mold
- Cigarette smoke, perfume, and diesel exhaust
Eye Allergy Management
Allergies can make you feel miserable, almost as much as a cold. For some immediate relief on days when your allergies are mild, try some remedies like,
- Keeping the windows shut in your car and home—especially in the early morning hours when pollination tends to occur.
- Wearing wrap-around glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
- Placing a cold compress over your eyes to soothe discomfort.
- Using artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to flush out any irritants.
- Trying an over-the-counter remedy like allergy eye drops.
- Wash your hands after petting an animal.
If you find that over-the-counter allergy relief is not helping, see an allergist for prescription medications.
- Eyedrops (decongestant)
- Allergy shots
- Nonsedating oral antihistamines
The allergist will review your medical history and symptoms and then conduct tests. Those tests may include an exam with a microscope.
As always, you can talk to your local optometrist too. They can help as much as possible and if not, will recommend an allergist.