Make the Itching Stop: Four Tips to Get Eye Allergy Relief
Seasonal allergies affect more than 50 million Americans each year. Airborne allergens like pollen, dander, and dust can cause the eyes to swell and become red, itchy, watery, and just plain uncomfortable.
If you think you have eye allergies, here are some helpful tips to get relief for your itchy eyes.
How to Treat Eye Allergies
There a few ways to go about getting itchy eye relief and most can be accomplished at home. Make sure to always check with your doctor before you try any treatment.
- Wash your face and eyes - Washing your face will wash away the allergens sticking to your skin and eyelashes. It’s one of the first things you should do if your eyes are feeling itchy and swollen due to airborne allergens. Rinsing out your eyes with a little water will loosen the allergens from the inside of your eyes and help flush them out.
- Apply a cold compress - Cold compresses around the eyes can help reduce itching and swelling, and at the very least, your eyes will feel some relief from the coolness of the cloth. Soak a towel or washcloth in cold water or refrigerate a damp cloth. Lie down with the compress across your eyes for a bit, and let the coolness reduce the swelling and irritation.
- Try allergy eye drops - Allergy eye drops and artificial tears can help flush out irritants and sooth the itchiness and redness. If an over-the-counter eye drop for itchy, swollen eyes caused by allergies doesn’t provide the relief you need, call your eye doctor who may want to prescribe a different solution.
- Take an oral antihistamine - Sometimes the cold compress won’t provide enough relief or washing your face isn’t working as quickly as you’d like. If your eye allergies just aren’t going away, an antihistamine may help. Eye allergies can be distracting when you’re trying to go about your day, and allergy medicines may provide much needed relief. Ask your doctor if this is right for you.
Make Your Eye Health a Priority
If you are experiencing the following, you should call your doctor immediately:
- Feeling like there’s something stuck in your eye
- Pain in the eye
- Blurry vision
- Decreased vision
Always consult your eye doctor before trying a new remedy. Eye allergy relief is possible, and a proper diagnosis and approval from your doctor is the first step.
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