Spring and summer are amazing times of the year; while flowers blooming, grasses growing, and trees sprouting are a beautiful sight, they can wreak havoc on our eyes. If you’re allergic to pollen or mold spores, springtime and summer can be a nightmare, making it hard to even go outdoors. There are various medications and eye drops that can relieve symptoms, but not everyone wants to be chained to taking medication every day.

If you’re looking for a natural alternative to pharmaceutical medication for your allergy symptoms, here are a few things you can try. As always, be sure to talk with your eye doctor before trying an at-home remedy.

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

When you have red, itchy eyes, it can be incredibly tempting to rub and scratch them; however, this is the last thing that will help, however good it may feel at the time. Rubbing your eyes may make the symptoms worse as this can release more inflammatory chemicals. If you do need to touch your eyes, use a clean tissue so that you’re not coming in direct contact with your eyes.

Be Careful With Makeup

A common symptom of allergic conjunctivitis is the appearance of dark or red circles around the eyes, which are caused by inflammation. Concealer can help minimize the appearance of these circles or the redness around the eyes, but it’s important to be as careful as possible when applying any makeup.

Along the inside rim of the eyelid are pores, called meibomian glands, that secrete an oily substance which keeps the surface of the eye moist. When these pores are blocked from makeup, the eyes won’t get adequate moisture, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms. Ultimately, if you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis, it’s better to forego makeup completely.

Avoid Allergy Triggers

Pollen from grass, weeds, trees, and other foliage are all allergy triggers. Not many people want to avoid going outside entirely though. However, you can avoid these triggers by staying indoors on days with especially high pollen counts. You can find local pollen counts by checking out channels like the Weather Channel and AccuWeather. When you are indoors, keep the windows closed and run the air conditioner, which can filter out pollutants and allergens. When outside, wearing sunglasses can help minimize contact with allergens.

Make Some Adjustments to Your Diet

There are several foods and drinks that you can add to your diet to help reduce allergic reactions.

  • Rose Water: With anti-inflammatory properties, rose water can be used to help soothe symptoms. Soak cotton balls with rose water and press them gently onto your eye.
  • Chamomile Tea: Rest two tea bags of chamomile tea on your eyes and help relieve swelling and itchiness.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric has antibacterial properties and can help reduce inflammation. Soak cotton balls or a cloth with boiled turmeric water and use it as a compress on your eyes.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Healthy fats are great for eye health. You can take a supplement or increase the amount of fish you eat.

Visit Your Local Eye Doctor

Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs has a passionate team of eye doctors who are committed to providing customers with quality eye care. If you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis or dry eyes, we understand how frustrating symptoms can be, but there are several solutions you can try. If the above natural remedies aren’t providing the relief you need, schedule an eye exam with our team today. We can create a management plan that fits your needs and symptoms.