We are in the middle Spring which means it is getting warmer outside and the flowers are in full bloom. It also means that there is an increase of pollen in the air causing people to have red and irritated eyes. During the springtime, many people suffer from an eye condition called allergic conjunctivitis which affects more than 20 percent of the U.S. population. If you notice that you’re eyes are only swollen and red during the Spring and Fall, then you probably suffer from a seasonal eye allergy.
Causes and Symptoms
There are a few common causes of allergic conjunctivitis including pollen and mold that your body is sensitive to. Everyone is not allergic to the same type of pollen, so only a specific flower might trigger an allergic reaction in your eyes. It is common to suffer from an eye allergy indoors which can be caused by dust, mold, or pet hair. If you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis, your symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Common symptoms are itchy eyes, redness, tearing and a burning sensation. If your child suffers from allergic conjunctivitis, make sure they are avoiding rubbing their eyes.
When trying to treat a seasonal eye allergy, it is important to try to avoid exposure to pollen and dust. If you are going outside during seasonal allergy season, try to wear your prescription glasses or sunglasses to prevent pollen getting to your eyes. After being exposed to pollen from the outside, make sure that you wash your face to get rid as much pollen as possible. Washing your face has been seen to be effective at relieving the symptoms of allergies. Putting a cold compress on your eyes can reduce swelling and other allergic reaction symptoms.
One of the most common treatments for allergic conjunctivitis are over-the-counter or prescription eye drops. Most over-the-counter eye drops offer short-term relief and do not relieve all of the symptoms. If you want more long-term relief, then talk to your eye doctor or allergist about prescribing you eye drops or an oral medication. Antihistamine drops are a very common treatment option and relieve redness, itching, and swelling. Most eye drops should be taken on a daily basis.
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