Early Allergies, Start Treating Them Now
Well, this unexpected March snowstorm and crushing cold will definitely help curb the bloom for a few more days, but with the warmer days last week some of you may be feeling the effects of early allergy symptoms. Now is the best time to start treating them, early treatment will help curb the overall severity of your symptoms. Below we discuss a few ways you can begin treating your allergies now, to help minimize the misery this season.
1.) Preventing & treating itchy, watery eyes.
-Always wash hands and face after coming in from outdoors, be sure to take frequent showers to remove pollen. -Wash hair more often as pollen can linger in your hair and when you lie down on your pillow or couch, your face can rub around in it, exposing you to more of the allergens. -Replace old makeup and use an applicator instead of fingers to prevent pollen contamination. -There are great prescription eye drops you may use once a day to reduce and/or limit eye allergies. Contact lens wearers may still wear contacts if they wait 10 minutes after inserting the drops.
2.) Start taking your oral allergy medication now.
- The sooner you start taking your oral allergy medication, the better. Ideally, just before or once the pollen count starts to creep up, then one should start taking their oral allergy medicine as well as their allergy eye drops. -People new to the area might feel that they have a cold, and after 1-2 years, they realize the pattern - its allergies! Again, the earlier the better when starting treatment!
3.) Switch to single use contact lenses during allergy season.
-Use one day disposable contacts during allergy season so that you insert a fresh, pollen free lens each day. This will greatly reduce your symptoms and keep your eyes itch-free. -For those who have moderate to severe allergies, discontinuing contact lenses when the pollen is at its peak cuts down on the pollen “sticking” on the lens and staying on the eye all day. If using single use lenses is not reducing your symptoms, switching to glasses during peak season may be a better choice.
5.) Warning signs of something more serious.
If you have pain, decreased vision, or redness that gets worse, it could be signs of other eye issues and you should see the doctor right away.
6.) What about the kiddos?
-Be sure to encourage kids to wash their hands and face after recess or coming in from outdoors. -Have them change their clothes when they return home for the day. -Keep bedroom windows closed during peak pollen days. -Change pillow case if kids did not wash hair that day. -Discuss with their pediatrician options for treating their overall allergy symptoms, like taking an oral allergy pill.
As always, if you need to see the doctor for your allergy symptoms and treatment, click here to make an appointment!