Allergies and Spring. Some tips for your health.
Spring has sprung and all the allergies are coming back. Would you like to know how manage them?
Here some of the most impostant tips:
Tips for defeat your allergies
Avoid your triggers. Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually in mid-morning and early evening. Close the windows and run the air conditioner.
Outdoor. When you go out, wear eyeglasses or big sunglasses to block pollen from your eyes. Driving? Keep the windows closed and run the air conditioner.
At night. To limit your exposure to dust mites, use special pillow covers that keep allergens out. Wash bedding frequently in hot water. If your mattress is more than a few years old, consider getting a new one.
At home. Clean floors with a damp mop. Sweeping tends to stir up rather than get rid of allergens. Especially if you have a pet, consider replacing rugs and carpets, which trap and hold allergens, with hardwood, tile, or other flooring materials that are easier to clean. Choose blinds instead of curtains. Keep the humidity under 50%. You may need to use a dehumidifier, especially in a damp basement.
Pets. If your pet is a trigger, keep it outside as much as possible. At the very least, keep it out of your bedroom.
Don’t rub your eyes. That’s likely to make symptoms worse. Use cool compresses instead.
Medications. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can give short-term relief of some eye allergy symptoms. Prescription treatments can provide both short – and long – term help. Sterile saline rinses and eye lubricants can soothe irritated eyes and help flush out allergens.
Decongestant eyedrops can curb eye redness by constricting blood vessels in the eyes. These drops tend to sting a bit, and they don’t relieve all symptoms. What’s more, their effect tends to be short-lived. If you use them for more than a few days, it can cause ”rebound” eye redness.
Refrigerating your eyedrops may bring more relief.
If you need more help, our optometrists in Miami can prescribe the best eyedrops for you.
Just contact us.