If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you aren’t alone. In fact, 60 million people experience symptoms of seasonal allergies every year. If you are one of the many who suffer from seasonal allergies, these five vision tips can help you prepare for allergy season:
You can ease the impact of allergies by taking medicine before the season begins. When your immune system identifies an allergen and begins to overreact, it’s already too late. This is when your eyes begin to water, itch, hurt, swell, and become red and swollen. If you wait to take medicine once the allergies have already set in, it may not help relieve your symptoms.
Allergens make their way into the home and build up on flooring and bedsheets. Wash bedding with hot water as often as possible before, during, and after allergy season. If you have wood flooring in your home, avoid sweeping as it will stir up allergens into the air. Instead, resort to mopping. Wash your face and hair at the end of each day to get rid of any pollen that you may have brought inside. This will prevent allergens from transferring to your pillowcase at night.
There are certain times of day when pollen counts are higher than others. Pollen is most active in the mid-morning and early evening. During these times, stay inside and keep windows and doors closed to keep pollen from coming into your home.
Unfortunately, even if you have followed all the steps above, you may still be at risk for your allergies to act up. There are cases where people with seasonal allergies will have a cross-reaction to certain foods; this is called oral allergy syndrome. This happens when the immune system confuses proteins in food with protein in pollen causing an allergic reaction or causing your symptoms to worsen.
Work with your eye doctor to get ahead of allergy season. If you’re concerned that your symptoms may be something more than allergies, inform your eye doctor as it could be a more serious condition. Find a VSP network eye doctor near you and schedule an eye appointment today.
Information received through VSP Vision Care's social media channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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