Eye allergy is a typical reaction to allergens such as dust, mold, pet dander and pollen. A reaction can trigger itchy, red eyes that starts to tear. Luckily, there are several eye allergy remedies available to alleviate the symptoms.
Do I have eye allergy?
If an individual has this allergy, the usual symptoms include eye burning, tearing, swelling, redness and irritation after being exposed to the common allergens. The eye symptoms can manifest alone or along with other symptoms such as the following:
- Bluish-colored circles under the eyes
- Sneezing episodes
- Stuffed or runny nose
- Itchy mouth, nose, throat or skin
Eye allergy typically occurs among children and young adults. If there is a family history of the allergy, the individual is at higher risk. If a child is exposed to high levels of dust mites, it increases the risk for developing eye allergy.
The ideal way to prevent itchy, red eyes is to avoid exposure to allergens. The following are measures to minimize contact with these allergens:
- Keep the house clean and dry with the humidity level of below 55%. This helps reduce the number of allergens such as mold, dust and dust mites.
- Use a dust mask while dusting, sweeping, vacuuming or mowing the lawn.
- Close the doors and windows and utilize air conditioning. It is also advisable to stay indoors when the pollen count is high, usually in the morning and during dry, warm, windy days.
- Regularly wash hands, change clothes and take a shower after spending time outdoors or if exposed to pets.
- Mattresses should be vacuumed and linens must be washed using hot water to reduce dust mites. Make sure that “mite-proof” covers are used on pillows and mattresses.