Summer Allergies and Eye Irritations How to Alleviate Discomfort and Maintain Clear Vision

Summer Allergies and Eye Irritations: How to Alleviate Discomfort and Maintain Clear Vision

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Even though most people enjoy the summer season, it can be a difficult time of year for people who are living with seasonal allergies. If you find that your allergy symptoms flare during this season, then there are a few things you can do to manage the symptoms and control your allergies.

Invest in Good Filtration

Make sure your home is allergy-free by using good filtration in your home. Not only can use buy a filter that can be moved from room to room, but you can also use quality filters in the HVAC system. These filters capture particles in the air that could cause allergy symptoms, such as dust, mold, pollen, and more.

Take Care of Your Eyes

Allergies can often cause the eyes to be itchy, red, and watery. If your eyes are affected by allergies, then be proactive about washing your face twice daily to wash away the allergens. Also, some people find it helpful to use artificial tear eyedrops a few times a day to keep the eyes moisturized and comfortable.

Consider Allergy Medication

Certain types of medication can be used to reduce the histamine response that is happening in your body. When you come in contact with allergy triggers, then it causes the immune system to respond. These medications help to reduce symptoms by managing the immune response. For example, you might take an over-the-counter allergy medication. Another good solution for eye symptoms is to use over-the-counter allergy eye drops that have an antihistamine ingredient. Or, if you need a stronger dosage, talk to your doctor about a prescription allergy medication.

Stay Inside When the Pollen Counts Are High

Watch the reports and be proactive about staying inside when the pollen counts are high. Also, avoid opening the windows at home since open windows can invite pollen and other allergy triggers to come into your home.

Clean Your Bedding

Dust and dust mites can contribute to seasonal allergies, and these small triggers often collect in fabrics. Keep your bed clean by washing the sheets at least once a week and always using a fresh pillowcase to lay on.

Talk to an Eye Doctor About Seasonal Allergies

Do you find that your eyes are being affected by seasonal allergies? Common symptoms include redness, watering, itching, or burning in or around the eyes. The good news is that treatments are available to reduce these eye allergy symptoms and other issues relating to seasonal allergies.

For more information, contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry: (951) 302 -1331.

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