It’s allergy season, and that means lots of runny noses, itchy eyes, and irritation. Many of us suffer through this season every year without giving a second thought to how we could be preventing some of this misery. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the ways that allergies can affect your eyes and what methods you can use to try to combat them.
How Do Allergens Affect Your Eyes?
When we talk about allergies, what we’re really talking about is an allergen or group of allergens that are affecting you. One of the most common allergens is pollen. We know that when the pollen count is high, you’re sure to have a bad day of sneezing, runny noses, and red, itchy eyes. Pet dander, mold spores, and dust can also be a big cause of allergies. When you can’t stop sneezing around the cat, it’s time to consider that you’re probably having an allergic reaction! These allergens will cause the eyes to become itchy, red, swollen, watery, or generally painful. While rubbing your eye may temporarily relieve the pain, it can put more allergens into your eye and cause bigger problems. Avoid it!
Stay Inside on High Pollen Count Days
Some of the most practical advice is simply to stay inside (if possible) on high pollen count days. There’s no surefire way to avoid pollen, but this is one way to make sure you’re not getting the brunt of it. If you do have to go outside, make sure that once you return you take off all of your clothing that you were wearing and change, wash your hands, and leave your shoes by the door. This will help to make sure that you’re bringing the least amount of pollen inside possible. Another tip is to wash your pillowcase and sheets a bit more often than usual to prevent pollen buildup from your hair.
Avoid Contact Lenses
Contact lenses like to pick up whatever they come in contact with, and allergens are no stranger to your contact lenses. If you find that you’re constantly feeling like you need to rub your itchy, watery eyes because of allergy attacks, it might be time to switch it up. If you have bad allergies, it may be best to avoid contact lenses during the spring and fall allergy seasons. Switch to your glasses and avoid all the trouble. You can easily switch back when you are no longer having problems.
Take Allergy Medication if Needed
If necessary, take allergy medication recommended by your doctor. Always consult a doctor before taking a new medication. Allergy medication can help the situation if you have found no luck with any other solution. It can take down the itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. However, some nasal decongestants can also dry you out and open you up to even more allergy suffering–so take with caution and only by recommendation from a doctor.
Having Trouble with Your Eyes?
There’s no need to suffer–call Dr. Clifford Myers office for an appointment. We will be happy to go over your options with you and check out your eyes for your peace of mind. Contact us today to get scheduled and be on your way to a happier allergy season.