One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with allergies is to discover what triggers them. Some allergies are seasonal – i.e. the allergies are caused by weed pollens, grass, flowers, etc – while others can appear at any time of the year.
Symptoms of Allergic Reactions
The symptoms of allergic reactions vary a lot but generally they are red, itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, blurred vision, tears, etc. Not all people show all symptoms and not always these symptoms are due to an allergy. That is why if you are experiencing any of them, you’d better consult a doctor and get examined, so that you discover the real cause for your condition.
What Causes Allergies
Allergies are a defensive reaction of your immune system against harmful agents in the environment. When your immune system discovers a harmful agent in your body, it makes its best to destroy it, remove it, or at least neutralize it. However, sometimes your immune system makes mistakes – i.e. it identifies an agent as an enemy, while it isn’t. Pollen, dust, animal dander, or mold are frequently such agents and your body starts to produce certain substances (histamines), which in turn lead to irritation, itchiness, redness and the other chemical reactions.
One of the most frequent eye allergies is the allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis may reappear every year, at the same time of the year, because then the allergen occurs. Allergic conjunctivitis is not a life-threatening condition but it could cause a lot of problems, so if you notice symptoms of an eye allergy, hurry to the doctor’s office.
How to Treat Eye Allergy
Your doctor is the only one who can decide on what treatment to prescribe for your eye allergy but the following pieces of advice are certainly useful to know. Still, before applying any treatment to your eye allergy, don’t skip the visit to the doctor’s. Here are some of the most common steps you can take to relief your eye allergy:
- Try to avoid the allergen. This is the safest approach but unfortunately, it is not always possible to do it. If you are allergic to pollen or mold, just spend more time inside. If you are allergic to dust, think of air-filters.
- Get eye drops and other medication to treat the symptoms. Eye drops and other medication don’t treat the cause for the disease but they do help to reduce the bad effects of the symptoms. Some of these medications are freely available, while others need a prescription.
- Ask your doctor for alternatives. It is not very probable that your doctor, unless he or she is a magician, will be able to provide more options for the treatment of your eyes allergy but since medical science is constantly advancing, it is possible that new approaches have been developed.
Eye allergy is very common and people of all ages and social groups are affected. It is not a serious disease but still it is not pleasant when you experience it.