Tips for Surviving Allergy Season
If you are like most allergy sufferers then you have felt the burning and itching in your eyes that comes with seasonal allergies. It is always a good idea to have your doctor at Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo make sure that allergies are the cause of the irritation you have been experiencing. If their diagnoses does lead to allergies we have gathered some tips for you to try when it comes to surviving this allergy season.
Know the Symptoms
Red, swollen, itchy, watery eyes are often caused by allergies. You might also sneeze, have a stuffy nose or sound hoarse. Allergies will not show symptoms of pain or fever. If you are experiencing pain or fever make sure you give your doctor a call. Once you know the symptoms of allergies you can easily find a solution to your discomfort.
Know the Causes
Pollen, mold, pet dander, dust and even perfume can cause eye allergy symptoms. Medicines, including herbal medicines, soaps and makeup can also cause allergies. It helps to keep a diary of when your symptoms occur and what you did that day along with the pollen count to determine what you will need to avoid in the future.
Rinse your Eyes
Plain saline eye drops and over-the-counter artificial tears such as Refresh and GenTeal can rinse away allergens temporarily. Use a brand marked “preservative-free” as some people are allergic to the preservatives found in standard over-the-counter tears. Your doctor at Utah Valley Eye Center can advise you on the best artificial tears for your symptoms.
Take Allergy Medication
Antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec or Benadryl can help allergy symptoms, including eye symptoms. However, some also cause dry eyes. Your doctor can recommend the best medications for you.
Wear Protective Eyewear
Sunglasses protect your eyes from pollen and dust—and can also help prevent eye disease. Safety glasses and goggles can help prevent eye irritation, too.
Allergies don’t have to get you down if you know how to prevent and treat them when they do occur. For more tips on eye care make sure you check out our website and schedule an appointment with our experience doctors at Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo.