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Eye Care Dos And Don'ts For People With Seasonal Allergies

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If you have seasonal allergies, you may be tempted to just tough it out and ignore your symptoms rather than treating them. After all, how bad can itchy eyes and some sneezing be? As it turns out, failing to treat your allergy symptoms--especially the eye-related ones--can lead to some issues down the road. Allergies dry out your eyes, which leaves them increasingly prone to infection. And nobody wants to deal with painful, pussy, infected eyes! So do things the right way starting at square one. Treat your eye allergy symptoms, and adhere to these dos and don'ts when doing so.

Do: Use medicated eye drops as needed.

There are many kinds of eye drops available over the counter. The primary type you want to use for allergy symptoms is antihistamine eye drops. These contain active ingredients that prevent your eye tissues from releasing histamines--the proteins that cause the redness and itchiness you're suffering. Follow the instructions on the label when using these eye drops. They'll usually tell you that you can safely use the drops every 4 to 6 hours as needed.

Do not use decongestant eye drops, which are usually marketed as alleviating eye redness. They can actually make allergy symptoms worse since they cause the veins in your eyes to constrict, leading to increased dryness. 

Do: Rely on lubricating eye drops when you need a little extra moisture.

Sometimes the antihistamine drops alone won't be quite enough to alleviate your eye itchiness and dryness. You can also keep standard, lubricating eye drops on hand and use them every few hours to keep your eyes moist. Just make sure you wait at least 30 minutes after applying antihistamine drops to apply the lubricating drops--you don't want to rinse the antihistamines out of your eyes.

Do: Take a break from wearing contacts.

When your allergy symptoms are in full swing, wear your glasses rather than contacts. Your contacts can trap allergens against your eye, making symptoms worse. Don't put your contacts back in until allergy season is over--and make sure you use a new pair so you're not introducing more allergen particles to your eyes.

Don't: Use antihistamine eye drops when also taking oral antihistamines.

If you are taking an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl, then do not also use antihistamine eye drops. The oral medication should reduce your symptoms significantly, and you can handle any remaining symptoms with lubricating drops. Using antihistamine drops and oral medications at the same time could lead to an overdose, which could leave you feeling drowsy and lethargic. 

Don't: Contaminate your eye drop container.

Regardless of what type of eye drop you are using, make sure you do not touch the applicator tip with your fingers or eyes. If you do touch the tip, you could contaminate the drops with bacteria, which could easily lead to an infection if introduced to your vulnerable eyes. If you do contaminate the applicator, discard the bottle and purchase a new one.

Don't: Rub your eyes.

When your eyes are irritated and itchy, you're going to be tempted to rub them. But it's very important for you to resist. When you rub your eyes, you can introduce more allergens, which will just make your symptoms worse. You could also cause microtears in your conjunctiva, the pink tissue surrounding your eye, and you could even introduce bacteria to your eyes and cause an infection. If the itching gets unbearable, hold a warm, wet cloth over your eyes.

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25 July 2017