If the term “ahh choo” is becoming more of your vocabulary than anything else, you know one thing: it’s allergy season. By causing you to sneeze incessantly, have a running nose, and look like you’re crying, nothing can be quite as annoying as spring allergies. And although the plants and grasses outside look as beautiful as ever, they certainly aren’t doing you any favors.
Rule #1: Wash Your Hands
It may sound rather elementary, but when it comes to combatting spring allergies one of the best things you can do is wash your hands— especially if you’ve just spent time outside. Washing your hands will get off any pollen, dust, or dander that may cause you to have an outbreak.
Rule #2: Don’t Touch Your Face
One of the worst things you can do when you have seasonal allergies is to touch your face— especially if you have dirty hands. By bringing things like pollen, dust, and dirt into direct contact with your nose and eyes, you are bound to suffer from even more allergy symptoms.
Rule #3: Use Eye Drops
If your eyes are itching, burning, and watering, then you need to try either a prescription strength eye drop or an over-the-counter kind. Eye drops that contain antihistamines will work to stop the allergic reaction from the inside out— leaving you feeling more comfortable.
Rule #4: Take an Oral Medication
If you have seasonal allergies, an oral medication like Zyrtec or Claritin may be your best friend. But remember that the sooner you start taking this type of medication, the faster it’s going to work. In fact, it usually takes at least a few days for the medication to enter into your system and start working its magic.
Seasonal allergies can make your eyes burn, itch, and water more than ever before. Luckily, by using the tips listed above, you can kick your allergies to the curb for the rest of the season. If you would like to learn more about how you can take care of your eyes during allergy season, contact Dr. Steve Thom today!