“Am I Allergic to Summer?”

AMBA’s Seasonal Eye Allergies Guide

Summertime is supposed to be all about outdoor fun. But what if your fun is interrupted by swollen eyelids, itchy, or red eyes? These are just some symptoms of summertime eye allergies. 

What Causes Seasonal Eye Allergies?

Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment. Summertime eye allergies can be caused by contact with elements like pollen, grass, and some flowers. 

Eye allergies can cause your eyes to tear as they try to discharge these elements. Other symptoms can include constant eye irritation and itchiness, red eyes, and sudden swelling of the eyelids.

8 Steps to Care for Seasonal Eye Allergies

  1. Avoid triggers by making changes to your home and your routine.
  2. Keep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
  3. Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  4. Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites and a dehumidifier to control mold.
  5. Wash your hands after petting any animal.
  6. Avoid rubbing your eyes, which can cause symptoms to become more severe.
  7. Nonprescription eyedrops can provide short-term relief of some symptoms. They may not relieve all symptoms, and prolonged use of some eyedrops may cause your condition to worsen.
  8. Don’t use window fans. These can blow pollens and allergens from the outside into the house and worsen symptoms.

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Source: https://acaai.org/allergies/allergic-conditions/eye-allergy/