This makes eyes red, itchy, and watery. Eye allergy symptoms can happen alone or along with nasal allergy symptoms.
1. Seasonal: occur in particular season, from early spring to fall due to allergens like pollen from grasses, trees, and weeds, as well as spores from molds.
2. Perennial: occur throughout the year due to exposure to dust mites, feathers (as in bedding) and pet hair. Also, maybe due to perfumes, smoke, chlorine, air pollution, cosmetics, and certain medicines.
5 BEST WAYS TO CONTROL EYE ALLERGIES:
- AVOID POLLEN: Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually in mid-morning and early evening. If you go out, wear eyeglasses or big sunglasses to block pollen from your eyes. While driving keep windows closed & AC on. Close the windows and run the air conditioner (window fans can draw in pollen and mold spores).
- Limit exposure to dust mites by encasing your pillows in allergen-impermeable covers. Wash bedding frequently in V. hot water get rid of very old mattress.
- Keep floors/surfaces clean: To get rid of allergens esp. if you have a pet consider replacing rugs and carpets, which trap and hold allergens. Use blinds instead of curtains.
- Prevent molds: To stop mold from growing inside your home, keep the humidity under 50%. Use a dehumidifier, in a damp basement. Clean kitchen and bathrooms with a bleach solution.
- Stay away from pet allergies: try to keep pet outside as much as possible. Don't let it share your bed.
NOTE: Don’t rub your eyes. That’s likely to make symptoms worse. Try cool compresses instead.
Viral conjunctivitis: According to Dr. David Sachs, "Pink eye is almost always caused by a virus. True bacterial conjunctivitis is actually extremely rare. Because of this antibiotics typically do not help pink eye and unfortunately you just have to let it run it's course. Lubricating drops and sometimes steroid drops can help with your symptoms. That being said there are many causes of a red eye and you should see your eye Dr for further evaluation.