Spring Allergy Tips: Protecting Eyes When the Seasons Change

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Do you notice that your eyes start getting itchy and watery when the seasons start to change? These symptoms could be an indication that you are suffering from seasonal allergies. Spring is a common time for the symptoms to arise because the flowers are blooming and the weather patterns are changing in the area.

Even though we don’t have drastic weather changes in Temecula, small nuances in the weather patterns can result in spring allergies for some people. If you are one of the many that suffer from seasonal allergies, it is important to know that you don’t need to suffer all season. Instead, talk to a medical professional who can help you find the right treatments for the allergy symptoms.

Allergies and Your Eyes

In most cases, the eyes and the nose are most affected by allergies. Common symptoms include congestion, nose running, itchy eyes, watering eyes, red eyes, sneezing, and more. Some people experience all of these symptoms while others only have a few symptoms that pop up during this time of year.

As you are looking for solutions to reduce your discomfort, you need to understand the things that are setting off your allergy symptoms. Do you find you have allergies during certain months, or do the symptoms continue throughout the year? The timing and triggers of the symptoms can indicate the cause of your allergy problems.

Treatments for Eye Allergies

An eye doctor can be a great source when you are searching for treatment options. Sometimes, it can be as simple as taking an allergy pill every morning.

Over the counter medications such as antihistamines can be effective, or there are prescription options available for serious allergies. Other people find benefit from eye drops that help to shrink the swollen blood vessels in the eyes, so your eyes aren’t red all day long.

Before you run to the local drugstore for allergy medications, it is smart to talk to your eye doctor for personal recommendations. A diagnosis and treatment plan is the most effective way to ensure that you can find relief from your symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or the Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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