With allergy season just around the corner, let's take a minute to review some early tips to help you survive allergy misery. Many sufferers have allergy symptoms that affect your eyes and eyelids and can be quite troublesome. Allergy medications may often work better if you start them just before the season begins.
Right now, we are seeing early tree pollens such as juniper, cedar, elm, alder and maple in many regions of the country. The late winter pollens cause "early" spring suffering even before the trees grow leaves!
Here are a few practical tips:
• LIDS OFF:Gently irrigate your eyelids (while your eyes are closed) with a mild, tear-free "baby" shampoo to remove excess allergens and pollutants which may have accumulated. Check with your provider (especially if you wear contact lenses or have other eye problems) to learn whether anti-allergy eye and/or moisturizing drops may also be helpful and safe.
• BLOCK YOUR EYES:Wear sunglasses to block pollens from entering and getting into your eyes.
• WASH WISELY: Rinse off your eyeglasses and shower and shampoo your hair every night to remove allergy causing pollens that collect during the day.
Stay tuned for more late-breaking successful seasonal allergy survival tips to come ...
Dr. Clifford Bassett is an adult and pediatric allergy specialist, and diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is the medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of NY. Bassett is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and on the teaching faculty of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center, and faculty at Cornell University Medical College. Follow him on Twitter.