Combine the reproductive passions of flowers and fungi along with some human immunoglobulin, mast cells and histamines, and you have a recipe for pesky allergies.
Seasonal rhinitis, also called hay fever, is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. One of the most obvious symptoms in spring: red, itchy eyes. Tempting as it is for kids (and adults) to want to rub them, don’t: it can cause real damage and only makes matters worse.
It’s much better to address the issue at its source. When the nice weather arrives, close windows to help keep out allergens and use recirculating fans or air-conditioners instead. Showering and washing hair at night reduces the chance of prolonged concentrated exposure to pollen while sleeping.
While you’re outside, wearing glasses or sunglasses can act as a barrier and lessen the chance of pollen contacting your eyes. Contact lens wearers can be disproportionately affected by allergies, even established and successful wearers, so limiting wear time or switching to a daily disposable contact lens might be in order.
A number of over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops are effective for eye allergy relief. Pataday is approved for ages 2 and up. Cold compresses over closed eyes can also be comforting. Need some help in how to administer eye drops to your child? Ask us to show you how at their next eye exam!
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