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How to Alleviate Dry, Itchy Eyes

girl-eyeWith allergy season in full swing, it can be hard to find relief from your allergies. Not only can allergies cause congestion, sneezing, and even a sore throat, but they can also cause your eyes to itch and water in a way you wouldn’t believe. If you are suffering from dry, itchy eyes due to allergies, try these following tips.

Antihistamine

When your body is having an allergic reaction to things in the air or things that you touch, it produces histamines that cause parts of your body to swell and leak fluid— like your eyes. Try taking an over-the-counter antihistamine to help reduce any swelling that might be occurring in your eyes due to allergies.

Eye Drops

As an almost immediate lifesaver, eye drops are a great way to coat your dry eyes and stop them from that nasty, incessant itchiness. Look for an eye drop that is specifically targeted for dry, itchy eyes and follow the instructions on the back of the box. If for some reason your eyes start to itch even worse, stop the use of the eye drops immediately and contact your eye doctor.

Heat and Ice

Much like with any area of your body that has been consistently irritated, adding both ice and heat will help alleviate the swelling and pressure in your eyes. For heat, try warming up a rice bag in teh microwave for a minute or two, but make sure you test it before you place it on your eyes because you don’t want to burn yourself. Leave the heat on for about 5 minutes. For icing your eyes, you can either try a gel ice mask that can be found at most beauty supply stores and try to keep it on your eyes for a few minutes. With ice, expect your eyes to dramatically start to tear, but it should subside after they get used to the extreme cold.

Suffering from allergies can leave you feeling sick and grumpy. However, by following these three tips, you can help to alleviate your allergy symptoms and get back to feeling like your normal self again.

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