Living With Eye Allergies
Dealing with Eye Allergies
Here are some ways to help you manage your allergies,
wherever you are:
Don’t rub your eyes!
Despite how itchy your eyes may be, don’t rub your eyes. Rubbing can cause more histamine to be released—the same substances that caused your eyes to START itching. If you wear contact lenses, take them out. Also avoid eye makeup, apply cold compresses to your eyes, and wash your hands often.1,2
How to reduce indoor allergens3
How to avoid outdoor allergens3-5
- Reduce dust. Dust surfaces and wash bedding regularly to help control dust mites
- Vacuum. When cleaning, consider wearing a mask. After you are done, consider leaving the house for a few hours to avoid allergens in the air
- Minimize pet dander. Keep your furry pets out of the bedroom so you are not exposed to animal allergens while you sleep
- Shut pollen out. Keep windows and doors closed to avoid seasonal allergens. Use an air filter or air conditioner and clean/change the filters often
- Fix water leaks. Reduce moisture in the bathroom and kitchen to help avoid mold
- Limit houseplants. Avoid pollen and mold from plants
- Protect your eyes. Sunglasses will keep pollen out of your eyes
- Close car windows. Help keep the pollen out
- Set the AC on “recirculate.” When air vents are open to the outside, pollen can get into your car
- Shower after being outdoors. Wash away pollen that can collect on your skin and hair
- Stay indoors. When humidity is high, or on windy days, stay inside to avoid dust and pollen in the air
- Check pollen counts. Peak pollen times are usually between 10 AM and 4 PM
Find out the pollen counts in your area, so you can plan ahead.
Check out your local Pollen Forecast.