sneezeWhat a winter in Indiana this year? We got lucky with the temperatures not being as cold as normal, but with the slighter warmer temperatures, allergy season has started a little early. Although this weekend will be below freezing, the flowers and plants have started blooming and before we know it, pollen and cotton will fill the air. Although allergy season mainly affects our sinuses, it can also affect our eyes. Your Cicero Eye Doctor Dr. Amy Walden & Associates have some tips for surviving allergy season. 

Are you ready for the change of season?

Spring is one of the nicest times of the year. With the flowers and grass becoming green again, many people enjoy being outside more. Spring officially starts on March 20th, which is right around the corner. When the seasons change, the increase of pollen and mold occurs in the environment. What can you do to prepare yourself from those pesky allergies that many of us face? We want you to avoid sneezing, sniffles, stuffiness, and itchy, watery and or dry eyes.

Ways to prepare for the allergy season

If you normally take allergy medication and this helps, start taking them as soon as your allergies begin to flare up. Always consult your doctor when starting your medication, even if it is something that you have been on before. Everyone’s body changes and different health issues affect you as well.

  • Change your clothes when you arrive home from being out and about when you are outdoors for long periods of time. The pollen can stick to your clothing and cause you more problems when you get home.
  • Shower before bed to cleanse your body from any allergens, that you may have been in contact with that day. They can stick to your hair and clothes. This can then transfer to your pillows and bedding.
  • Pollen has a high count between 5:00 to 10:00 a.m. You may have to postpone your morning jog until a bit later to avoid this if you are allergic to pollen.
  • Change your air filters on your furnace and air conditioning unit frequently.
  • If possible, remove mold hard surfaces. You will need a cleaner, but make sure you wear eyeglasses when doing so.
  • Repair any leaks in your faucets, pipes, and windows. Walk around your home and make sure there are no damage and wet areas; in which mold can grow.
  • When using a dehumidifier, make sure you keep the water clean and clean the machine itself often.
  • You can use weather apps to track the weather and allergen count on your phone daily. This will help you plan your activities for the week/weekend.
  • Wear a hat, to limit the amount of pollen that gets in your eyes.
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Certain fruits and veggies fight inflammation that come from allergic reactions.
  • Drink green tea, which contains antihistamines. This can help soothe your throat and loosen mucus.

If Your Eyes Are Bothering You This Season, Make An Appointment with Your Cicero Eye Doctor

No matter what types of symptoms you are experiencing; there are many ways to get relief. Contact your Dr. Amy Walden & Associates, Your Cicero Eye Doctor to set up an eye exam if you have any allergy issues that have caused problems to your eyes.