How to deal with allergies that give you itchy, watery eyes
Get rid of red watery eyes caused by allergies
Allergy sufferers know that allergies can wreck your day, week, or month easily. Nothing is worse than itchy, watery eyes. What you want is to deal with them and get on your way on to more fun activities. Allergies can come up for a variety of different reasons – some people are allergic to plants, pollen, or ragweed. Others are allergic to dust. Still others are allergic to saliva from animals. The itchiness and wateriness in the eyes are your body's defenses going to work against the “invader” or the allergen.
Dealing with allergies that affect your eyes can be a lot of trial and error. You may have to go through a few different solutions with your doctor until you find what is right for you. The most important step is figuring out what is causing your itchy, watery eyes. Your doctor will be able to help you figure that out, but you also need to do your homework. Think about and keep track of all the times that you have gotten itchy, watery eyes. Look for the pattern there. Once you have figured out what causes your allergies, you may be able to avoid it. If not, here are some ways for you to deal with it.
Avoid the Allergen
If you know pollen gets your eyes watering, stay indoors during high pollen seasons. Sometimes going out with sunglasses can provide a layer of protection for your eyes. Use the air conditioning to avoid sucking in pollen through a fan.
If you are allergic to animals or dust, mop the floors with a damp mop instead of sweeping the floors. Avoid having carpets or rugs in the house as those trap the pet dander or dust. Use blinds instead of curtains to allow for easier cleaning.
It's probably impossible, but avoid rubbing your eyes as much as possible. That motion will make your symptoms worse, not better.
Using a sterile rinse or lubricant made specially for the eyes can help get the allergens out and soothe eyes. Another option is a decongestant eye drop. It can diminish eye redness, but it can sting when put on the eye. Also, they do not soothe the itchiness and are short-term solutions to eye redness caused by allergies.
Your doctor might suggest trying eye drops that have ketotifen in them. These special eye drops can soothe the eyes for 12 hours or less. Also, they will not cause redness to come back with extended use so may be better than other eye drop options. For a cooling effect, put whichever eye drops you use in the fridge to give your eyes an extra bit of relief.
Your doctor may prescribe oral antihistamines to soothe your symptoms. Claritin and Zyrtec are two brand name drugs that will cause less drowsiness and give relief that is longer-lasting than other, older drugs. The medical names of those two drugs are loratadine and cetirizine respectively.
If you continue to have troubles with itchy, watery eyes after trying all these different solutions, your doctor may want to take a step up and prescribe something else. Some solutions that may help are combos of antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers; corticosteroids; and/or allergy shots.Hopefully, some of the solutions here will help you on your way to less itchy, watery eyes.