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Eye Allergies in Every Season

May 7, 2024

Eye allergies are caused by the same substances that give you a runny nose and sneezing. Individuals with seasonal allergies typically experience various reactions to allergens such as sneezing, itchy eyes, or a headache. Symptoms of eye allergies include itching, redness, burning, and clear watery discharge. Additionally, you may notice dark circles under the eyes and puffy eyelids. It is essential to manage your allergies to prevent these allergy symptoms and other eye infections related to seasonal allergies.

Winter allergies

Indoor allergens are the most common cause of eye allergies during winter. Spending more time inside with the house closed up tends to worsen these allergens. We recommend using mite-proof bedding to limit exposure to dust mites. Frequently wash bedding, blankets, and furniture to decrease allergy symptoms from both dust mites and pet dander. Additionally, using a dehumidifier is the best way to control mold in your home, especially in basements and bathrooms.

Common winter allergens:

  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pet dander

Spring allergies

Spring can be a dreaded season for seasonal allergy sufferers. Pollen is the primary cause of allergic reactions during the spring months. With trees, flowers, and plants coming into bloom, their pollen can severely irritate your eyes. Wearing glasses or sunglasses outdoors can help to prevent pollen from entering your eyes.

Common spring allergens:

  • Tree pollen
  • Flower pollen

Summer allergies

During summer, grass pollen and mold spores are the most common allergens. On high pollen count days, we recommend staying indoors as much as possible. To limit your exposure to allergens, keep your windows closed and use air conditioning in your car and home. Avoid using fans as they can draw pollen and mold into the house.

Common summer allergens:

  • Grass pollen
  • Mold spores

Fall allergies

As fall comes around, seasonal allergies come back on the horizon. Check the pollen count and avoid spending time outside during peak pollen times. Mold spores begin to grow on damp leaves in the fall. While it can be challenging to prevent seasonal allergens completely, we recommend limiting your exposure as much as possible. Additionally, replacing the carpet in your home with hardwood, tile, or linoleum helps keep pet dander and pollen from settling in your home.

Common fall allergens:

  • Ragweed
  • Mold spores
  • Pet dander

Don’t let eye allergies stop you from living your life. We can help you manage your eye allergies and control your symptoms. Give our office a call or request an appointment to discuss your allergies with your eye doctor!

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