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Managing Eye Allergy Symptoms

Allergies cause more than stuffy noses and sneezing spells. They can make your eyes red, itchy, swollen and watery, too. These symptoms are irritating, and not just to your eyes. Sufferers may feel they look like they haven’t slept or can’t stop crying, and they may even feel the urge to hide away. Thankfully, over-the-counter medicine and other simple steps, like avoiding common allergens, can help manage or prevent symptoms — keeping your eyes clearer and your plans intact.

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Eye Allergy Symptoms

AllergyX Allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms in eyes (allergic conjunctivitisX conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid. If the cause is a bacterial infection, it is called "pink eye" or bacterial conjunctivitis. If the cause is allergic, it is called allergic conjunctivitis.
) can occur when an airborne allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
such as pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
lands in your eye. The allergen triggers your immune systemX immune system
The body’s defense system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.
to produce histamineX histamine
A naturally occurring substance that is released by the immune system after being exposed to an allergen. When you inhale an allergen, mast cells located in the nose and sinus membranes release histamine. Histamine then attaches to receptors on nearby blood vessels, causing them to enlarge (dilate)…
and other chemicals, which enlarge blood vessels and cause irritation.

Medication for Eye Allergies

The same over-the-counter antihistamines many people depend on for runny noses and sneezing can also help relieve itchy and watery eyes, which are symptoms of eye allergies. Over-the-counter oral antihistamines are not indicated to relieve the redness and swelling which may be seen with eye allergies. Antihistamines work by blocking the release of histamine. Claritin® is the non-drowsy oral allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
brand doctors recommend most.

Furthermore, eye drops can wash irritants from the eyes and keep them from feeling too dry.

You Are in Control

Don’t let eye allergies ruin your plans. Learn about allergens, follow these tips to stop itchy eyes and take medication, such as Claritin®, when symptoms flare up. Claritin® products come in multiple forms for kids and adults and relieve allergy symptoms that can be caused by more than 200 different airborne allergens.

Common Eye Allergens

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Pollen

The most common allergens for eyes are pollens from trees, ragweed and grass. Airborne pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
can easily find its way into your eyes — especially when the pollen countX pollen count
A measure of the amount of pollen in the air. The counts are usually reported for three types of pollen: grasses, trees and weeds. The count is reported as grains per cubic meter of air and is translated into a corresponding level: absent, low, moderate, high or very high.
is high in peak seasons.

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Dust Mites

This allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
can always be present in the immediate environment and can last all year, but can be managed to some degree with dust-mite covers and thorough cleaning.

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Pet Dander

Pet dander from your dog or cat can lead to watery and itchy eyes, as well as other allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms.

How To Stop Itchy Eyes

The best way to prevent eye allergies is to avoid the allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
. Here are a few tips:

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Don’t Wear Contact Lenses

Contacts can trap allergens in your eyes, causing pain and discomfort. While most allergies are seasonal or environmental, people can also be allergic to lenses and solution, which can lead to pronounced burning and other irritations.

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Wear Sunglasses or Safety Goggles

Wearing glasses or sunglasses can help to reduce the allergens that find their way into your eyes. When gardening or mowing the lawn, wear safety goggles, as well as a dust mask, if you also suffer from nasal allergies.

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Stay Inside When Pollen is Worst

Avoid pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
by closing windows and using air conditioners and air purifiers. Outdoor allergens like pollen can make their way inside on your clothes and hair, too, so take nighttime showers and throw your clothes in the laundry when you come inside.

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Clean Your Home

The best way to remove indoor allergiesX indoor allergies
Characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) commonly found indoors, such as mold spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also called perennial allergies). Indoor allergies tend to last longer than allergies caused by exposure to outdoor…
is to keep your home neat and tidy. Regularly dust, vacuum, change air filters and clean any damp spots with moldX mold
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mold spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
-killing cleaners.

REFERENCES

Understanding Eye Allergies. WebMD. Accessed March 20, 2020

Are You Allergic to Your Contact Lenses or Solution? Cleveland Clinic. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Eye Allergy. American College of AllergyX Allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
, Asthma & Immunology. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Contact Lenses Can Aggravate Seasonal Allergies. American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Eye World. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Mold Allergy. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Accessed March 24, 2020.

Eye Allergies (Allergic Conjunctivitis). Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Accessed June 25, 2020.

Eye Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Accessed June 25, 2020.

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