ALLERGY SYMPTOMS IN THE EYES
HOW DO ALLERGIES MANIFEST AT EYE LEVEL
If you have nasal allergy symptoms, you will probably also have eye symptoms. This is because the substances that trigger nasal allergy symptoms can also cause eye allergies. Just like the nose, the eyes are exposed and maybe sensitive to allergens. Symptoms of hayfever that can occur in the eyes include, watery and itchy eyes.
WHAT CAUSES EYE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS?
There are different types of allergies that cause eye symptoms, and each of them is triggered by factors of its own. "Seasonal" allergies usually occur in spring, summer and autumn, and are triggered by pollen and mould spores. "year-round" allergies are usually triggered by animal dander or dust mites.
Potential triggers of seasonal eye allergies:
- Pollen from trees, grasses
Potential triggers of year-round/perennial eye allergies:
- Dust mites
- Animal dander
TIPS FOR AVOIDING EYE ALLERGIES
- Try to keep your windows closed during allergy season
- Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes
- Wash your hands often
- Wash bedding frequently using hot water (at least 60° C).
- Don't let your pets into your room
What exactly are allergies?
Allergies are chronic conditions involving an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance called an allergen.
What are common allergy triggers?
Learn more about different potential triggers of various allergy types such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander and mould.