Allergies are a common cause of itchy, swollen eyes. So how can you relieve allergy symptoms? The tips below can help.

1. Know the symptoms of eye allergies.

Red, swollen, itchy, watery eyes are often caused by allergies. You might also sneeze, have a stuffy nose or sound hoarse. It’s important to note that allergies don’t usually cause fever or eye pain. (If your eyes are red and painful, call an eye doctor immediately.)

2. Know eye allergy causes.

Pollen, mold, pet dander, dust and even perfume can cause eye allergy symptoms. Medicines, including herbal medicines, soaps and makeup can also cause allergies.

3. Try home allergy treatments.

Showering, washing your hair and changing clothes can remove outdoor allergens. You can also get relief from uncomfortable symptoms and reduce swelling and redness by putting a cold, clean washcloth on your eyelids.

4. Rinse your eyes with artificial tears.

Plain saline eye drops and over-the-counter artificial tears such as Refresh and GenTeal can rinse away allergens temporarily. Use a brand marked “preservative-free” as some people are allergic to the preservatives found in standard over-the-counter tears.

5. Try over-the-counter eye drops.

Antihistamine eye drops, such as Alaway and Zaditor, can help. Use them exactly as the package directs. Prescription drops are also available, so check with an eye doctor if you don’t get relief with over the counter options.

6. Take an oral allergy medicine.

Antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec or Benadryl can help allergy symptoms, including eye symptoms. However, some also cause dry eyes. Your doctor can recommend the best medications for you.

7. Watch children for eye allergies.

Toddlers, babies and older kids can suffer from eye allergies as well. Learn about eye allergies in children.

8. Wear sunglasses.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from pollen and dust—and can also help prevent eye disease. Safety glasses and goggles can help prevent eye irritation, too.

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An eye doctor can make sure allergies are the cause of red, itchy or watering eyes and find any other conditions causing your eye symptoms. Oregon Eye Specialists has 10 convenient locations. Call us today at 503-935-5580 or request an appointment online.

 

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