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Spring Symptoms: 7 Ways to Soothe Eye Allergies

Spring season is here once again, meaning it is pollen season too. While it might be a beautiful time of the year, it can be problematic for people with allergies. Some of them experience itchy, watery eyes, while others sneeze uncontrollably. These are the common signs of allergies during the spring season.

 

If you have spring allergies, there are a few things you can do to alleviate their symptoms. Here are seven of them.

 

Avoiding the Allergens



The most effective way to relieve yourself of spring allergies is by avoiding the allergens causing them. During the spring season, the main culprit is often pollen. Try staying indoors as much as you can, especially in the early evening and mid-morning.



This is when the pollen counts are usually highest. You can also close all windows and switch on the air conditioning unit. Ensure you regularly replace your air conditioner filter to avoid contamination.

 

Regularly Remove Your Contact Lenses



Even though a comprehensive eye exam determined you are a good candidate for contact lenses, it is imperative to remove them occasionally. They draw airborne allergens and irritate your eyes when they build up. Removing your contacts and cleaning them is vital. This is especially true during the spring season.

 

Avoid Petting Animals



Spring is a good season to take your pet out to play. Yet, however therapeutic it is to pet your furry friends, it can result in allergy issues. Pet dander is a major trigger for allergies. Wash your hands thoroughly to minimize allergic reactions.

 

Use Medications



Spring eye allergies usually go hand-in-hand with diseases like dry eye. That said, your ophthalmologist can prescribe medications to help with severe allergies. If over-the-counter medications do not work anymore, prescription medications are a perfect solution.



Antihistamines work by blocking histamine attachment to the cells producing allergic responses. Corticosteroids also provide relief in patients with acute eye allergy symptoms.

 

Keep Away From Dust Mites

 


Your eye doctor should have told you dust is another trigger for allergies. Dust is always present in your home, no matter how well and often you clean your home. Dust mites can cause problems and trigger eye allergies. For this reason, you should mite-proof your beddings to help minimize your exposure to this allergen.

 

Immunotherapy



If you are tired of constant sneezing and tearing up, you should ask your doctor about immunotherapy. It is a treatment that entails introducing small amounts of allergens into your system to build up immunity.

 

It helps to alleviate your allergic reactions. The method might take a while. But if your body successfully accepts these treatments, you will enjoy better comfort in the future.

 

OTC Eye Drops



Eye allergies can lead to redness and itchiness. If you have mild eye allergies, over-the-counter medications like eye drops may offer relief. Compared to prescription eye drops and other medications, they are significantly cheaper. You can ask your eye doctor to recommend a suitable option for you.


 

For more information on ways to soothe spring eye allergies, contact Primary Vision Care in Newark, Lancaster, Mount Vernon, Wilmington, or Waynesville, Ohio. You can call (740) 299-1155, (740) 654-9909, (740) 393-6010, (937) 382-4933, or (513) 897-2211 today to book an appointment.

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