Fall allergies and the eyes
October 12, 2010
In the fall, there are many things in the air that cause allergies to flare up. There are a few things you can do to have an allergy-free fall.
- Red or puffy eyes - A cold pack or compress can give you quick relief. For longer relief, find out what makes your eyes act up and treat your body's reaction.
- Don't rub - When you rub, you cause more chemicals to be released by your eyes. Use a cold compress, take out contacts, stay away from eye makeup and wash your hands often.
- Triggers - Pollen is released by plants at certain times of the year. When pollen is high, stay indoors and use the air conditioning. Pet dander, dust mites and mold can trigger allergies all year long. For relief, keep pets out of the bedroom, wash linens in hot water and mop floors instead of sweep. To control mold, use a dehumidifier and use a HEPA filter on your HVAC system.
- Treating allergies - To keep your allergies in check, ask your doctor about medicines like antihistamines, decongestants and mast cell stabilizers.
- Allergy shots - If your allergies are severe, ask your doctor about allergy shots. The results may take months and in the meantime you may still need to use medicine.