Managing Eye Allergy Symptoms and Treatment
We all know the symptoms all too well. Itching, redness, burning and watery eyes.
"Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people."
Triggered by outdoor allergens ( such as pollen from trees, grass or even weeds), indoor allergens ( such as dust mites, mold or pet dander) or other irritants (such as cigarette smoke, perfume, diesel exhaust, etc.)
Allergies can wreak havoc on our eyes but there are some treatment we can do at home to better manage our symptoms. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has listed some guidelines for Eye Allergy Management and Treatment for us to better prepare for allergy season.
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Avoid Triggers by changing routine and your home
1. Keep windows and use air conditioning in your home and car. Remember to clean your filters for your air conditioners too.
2. Wear your glasses or sunglasses when outdoors. This will help keep pollen out of your eyes.
3. Use a dehumidifier to control mold and a mite-proof bedding to reduce exposure to dust mites.
4. Wash your hands after petting any animal or interactions with the outdoors.
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Control your symptoms with non-prescription , over the counter medications.
1. Artificial tears
2. Decongestant eyedrops (note: do not use eyedrops for "red eye' longer than a week or they can worsen your symptoms)
3. Oral antihistamines (note: they may dry your eyes and make symptoms worse)
*Consult with your doctor before using any medication.
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If your symptoms are severe it is advised to visit your doctor or an allergists for prescription medications which may be more effective.
To find out more, visit acaai.org.