During the winter months, cold symptoms don’t feel out of place. A red, runny nose and congestion feel understandable when you can see your breath in the frigid winter air. Plus, it’s the perfect weather to fight a cold. You can curl up on the couch, surround yourself in blankets, and sip on tea before knocking yourself out with NyQuil.
Allergy season is different. Allergies tend to pop up during warmer months, when nature is back in bloom and common irritants (like pollen) are suddenly all around you. Instead of a feeling of inevitability, cold-like symptoms come out of nowhere and you find yourself battling a runny nose and incessantly itchy eyes. When the latter happens, it is the WORST. Dry, itchy, irritated (and sometimes watering) eyes can be a distraction and they can get in the way of clear vision. What can you do about eye allergies?
Here are a few tips for making it through allergy season and keeping eye allergies at bay:
Don’t Touch Your Eyes
Of course, this is easier said than done. When your eyes refuse to stop watering and itch around the clock, keeping your fingers off of them can feel impossible. But, it’s important to not poke and rub your eyes. That can cause irritation all on its own and that will make your already agitated eyes hurt more. Also, you go throughout the day touching all kinds of things and when you transfer what you’ve touched onto your eyes, nothing good can come of it. Because allergens like pollen cannot be seen, it’s important to keep your hands away from your eyes at all times. You could make things worse.
Take Allergy Medicine
There are over-the-counter eye drops that are designed to relieve eye allergy symptoms and there is also traditional allergy medicine that addresses all allergy symptoms at once. Talk with your medical professional about which type is best for you. No matter what you opt for, it’s important to take some kind of allergy medicine that will help keep your symptoms in check. To resist rubbing your itchy eyes, it helps to find some kind of relief. While allergy symptoms can’t be entirely eliminated, they can be helped and the sooner you begin taking medicine, the sooner you can start to feel better.
Wear Glasses, Not Contacts
During allergy season, try to wear your glasses more and your contacts less. Wearing contact lenses are a great alternative to wearing glasses… most of the time. During allergy season, contacts can make itchy eyes worse. Airborne, unseen allergens often gather and build up on contact lenses. So, instead of putting something helpful into your eyes, you’re actually loading them up with irritants. Again, because allergens can’t be seen, it’s so hard to tell when and where they’re coming from. As a precaution, consider keeping your glasses on your face during allergy season.
No one wants to have a runny nose and watery eyes during sunny days. If you’re affected by eye allergies, follow the above tips and take good care of your eyes during this allergy season.