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Seasonal Allergies

Soothe Those Seasonal Eye Allergies

Seasonal eye allergies stink, but you don't have to suffer for weeks with no solution in sight. If you're dealing with itchy, red eyes that tear up at the worst moments, you don't have to resign yourself to using antihistamines that will knock you out for hours. If you're not sure what to use, go to Total Eyecare in Elko to find the treatment that works best for you.

Treatment Types and Additional Tactics

Your options for allergy treatment are over-the-counter medications, eye drops, and environmental changes. OTC medications usually mean being drowsy, but there are non-drowsy antihistamines that you can try. When they work, they work well, and they may be best when you're dealing with a range of allergy symptoms.

Eye drops may also help you, especially if you have no other symptoms and don't like swallowing pills. Mild eye allergies may clear up with an OTC brand, but prescription-strength eye drops are available as well. An optometrist would be able to give you a prescription.

As for environmental changes, you don't have to move out of the area to a place where the allergens in question don't exist. By keeping your home and car clean, and reducing the intrusion of said allergens into those spaces, you can reduce the effects of the allergens. For example, running your air conditioner on a recirculation setting, taking your shoes off at the front door so you don't track in pollen onto your carpet, vacuuming a few times a week, and dusting frequently all help keep allergens in your home to a minimum. Getting restful sleep and eating a healthy diet also help your whole system stay in a healthier mode, which can make it easier to handle those allergens without producing such a bad reaction.

Good Eye Care and a Good Eye Doctor Also Help

Take care of your vision and soothe allergy symptoms with the help of a good optometrist. Contact Total Eyecare in Elko at (775) 738-8491 to discuss treatment options for those allergies.