Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For and how to deal with the condition
Clear, watery discharge
Eye Allergy Triggers
Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds
Indoor allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites and
Irritants, such as cigarette smoke, perfume and diesel exhaust
Eye Allergy Management & Treatment
Avoid triggers by making changes to your home and to your behaviour.
- Keep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
- Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
- Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, and a dehumidifier to control
- Wash your hands after petting
Control some symptoms with nonprescription medications, sold over the counter:
- Decongestant eye drops (don’t use eye drops for “red eye” longer than a week, or they can make things worse)
- Oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)
See an allergist for prescription medications, which may be more effective:
- Eye drops (decongestant, antihistamine, mast cell stabilizer, corticosteroid, NSAID)
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy)
- No sedating oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)
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