Now that spring is here in central Virginia, you can be prepared to combat the onset of seasonal allergies. As grass and trees begin to release pollen, millions of people with allergies are affected. There is no cure but you can reduce symptoms of springtime allergies.
The biggest trigger for spring allergies is pollen. And because of warmer weather, grass, trees, and weeds release pollen sooner than normal.
Pollen triggers eye symptoms and other symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat and eyes, and wheezing.
What can you do to reduce allergy symptoms?
- Limit your time outdoors during pollen season.
- Keep windows closed at night or use the air conditioner.
- If you wear contact lenses, consider wearing your eyeglasses during allergy season, or be fit in daily disposable contact lenses. Contact lenses can attract and accumulate pollen and airborne allergens, particularly in lenses that are not thrown away each day.
- Take over-the-counter medicine to ease allergy symptoms, such as decongestants and antihistamines, but make sure to consult your doctor for the right medication.
- Refer to your eye doctor at Primary Eyecare to treat severe allergies with prescription medication not available over-the-counter. For example, if you are suffering from pinkeye (conjunctivitis), you will need to consult your eye doctor who will prescribe you specific medication.
At Primary Eyecare, we care about your health. If you need treatment for allergy eye symptoms, please make appointment with one of our doctors to head-off more serious allergic issues, or treat an active episode.