World Allergy Week is a time to pay special attention to all the different types and severities of allergies, what causes the body to have allergies, and the many different materials that one may be allergic to.
Can you detect the symptoms of allergies and differentiate them from any number of other illnesses?
Springtime is here. With the large amounts of pollen from the freshly blooming plants filling the air, and the air becoming dry as temperatures rise, now is the best time to discuss how allergies can negatively affect your eyes.
Over 50 million people are affected by seasonal allergies every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.
The sheer amount of pollen and drastic weather changes that attack a person’s immune system can have a very negative effect on that person’s health and quality of life.
Summertime brings the concern of allergies, as well.
Grass pollen dominates the June and July months, and mold spores and weed pollen clean up the tail end of allergy season around the July and August months.
Generally beginning in March, these 5-6 months of irritation and itchiness have become the dread of allergy-sufferers all around the world.
How do you know if you are one of the millions of people affected by allergies? What are the signs, and how do they differ from a relative disease like the common cold? Let’s dive in.
How Do Allergies Affect My Eyes?
A list of symptoms come with seasonal allergies include:
- The swelling of the eye
- Itching or burning sensations and redness around the eye
- Nasal congestion
- Irritability of the nose, throat, and ears
How To Tell Whether You Have Allergies Or The Common Cold
Pollen itself is actually the main, if often unnoticeable, difference between allergies and a cold.
A cold is transmitted via a virus that infects your body.
Symptoms associated with the common cold are:
- Irritation and bloating of the eyes
- Running or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Low-grade fever
While you may think you have a cold, you may actually just suffer from allergies.
How To Treat Allergy Symptoms
Fortunately, there are many ways to stave off seasonal allergies.
Treat allergies with the following methods:
- Rinse your face and eyes with cold water or a damp rag.
- Use allergy eye drops and oral medications specifically designed to combat allergies.
- Stay inside if the pollen count is high, or if you feel like the irritation is worsening.
Additionally, if over-the-counter medications are not helping, consider talking to your doctor about prescription eye drops or nasal spray to help with swelling and congestion, and prescription oral medications to help all other symptoms.
Taking care of your body during allergy season is about listening to your body and symptoms, and finding the best treatment option to protect you from the harshness of allergy season.