How To Protect Your Eyes During Allergy SeasonI hate allergy season, with a passion. I wake up with itchy eyes, I go to bed with itchy eyes. Where most people bask in the thought of Spring officially arriving, sometimes I’d just rather deal with winter and jump straight into the hot and humid summer.

Yesterday I had the audacity to walk around the Tidal Basin in DC to view the Cherry Blossoms, knowing damn well I didn’t have any allergy medicine or eye drops. A quick walk turned into a miserable experience when my eyes turned bloodshot red and I couldn’t stop sneezing.

Allergy sufferers everywhere constantly deal with eye issues, but there are a few tips to lessen the pain and frustration involved with seasonal allergies.

Consider the following remedies:

  • Wash your face. Washing your face is one of the first things you should do to combat itchy, swollen eyes. It can help wash away the allergens sticking to your skin and eyelashes.
  • Rinse out the eyes. Rinse out the eyes if you can with a little bit of water, and that’s usually helpful. That will loosen the allergens from the inside of your eyes and help to flush them out.
  • Apply a cold compress. Cold compresses around the eyes can be helpful with itching and swelling. Soak a towel or washcloth in cold water or refrigerate a damp cloth or eye pillow. Then lie down with the compress across your eyes to let the coolness reduce swelling.
  • Try allergy eye drops. Try an over-the-counter eye drop made to soothe itchy, swollen eyes caused by allergies.
  • Take oral medications or get allergy shots. Over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications, including antihistamines, can provide some relief for milder allergy symptoms, including swollen eyes. Along with eye drops, you can get twice-weekly allergy shots and take several allergy medications to keep allergy symptoms under control.
  • Stay indoors. Weather conditions play a role. A breezy day with lots of pollen in the air can keep you from soothing swollen eyes because of continued exposure to allergens. On days when outdoor allergens are high, stay inside — and save outdoor activities for just after a rain, when fewer allergens fill the air.

#6. Stay indoors. Yup, that’s definitely something I plan on doing lots of this Spring until the pollen moves out of my way.

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