Eye Allergies & Lupus or Fibromyalgia

I'm not a doctor, but I want to share with you the tips that have helped me with the eye allergies I've had lately.

A very important rule to remember: DON'T RUB THEM, IT'S NOT WORTH IT.

Light Sensitivity: I've found that my eyes are extremely sensitive to sunlight, as well as the computer monitor and television screen. I don't know for sure that the sensitivity has to do with the UV rays emitted from all three items, but I do know that when I wore sunglasses while using the computer, it made it a lot more bearable. I also wore them around the house almost constantly while my allergies were in full swing.

Discomfort & Pain: Your eyes are probably pretty itchy, or feel like there is something stuck in them. It can get pretty sore. I've found a couple of ways to help. I used Tylenol Multi Symptom Allergy, which has an anti inflammatory as well as allergy medication for your sinuses and your eyes. If it persists, I would definitely see the doctor about a prescription strength medicine such as Allegra. For immediate pain soothing, I used a cool, wet washcloth on my eyes and forehead. I also used an ice pack in a 5-10 minute cyle, (on 5-10 minutes, off 5-10 minutes, etc.)

Infection: You will be able to tell when you have a full blown infection. If you are suffering from eye allergies, it's really easy to rub or scratch your eyes with your dirty hands, which could cause an infection. It does not feel good, and an eye exam while you have an infection is really unfun. Make sure you keep your hands clean, your ice pack clean, change your pillow case, and use only clean washcloths and towels.

Drainage: Your nose may drain all night onto your pillow. It's really disgusting, but hey it happens. You also may wake up with crusty, gooey eyes that you can barely open. For this, make sure you gently wash your eyes with a warm washcloth first thing in the morning. You should also keep your sinuses drained at all times. If you feel like you need to blow your nose, get that stuff out of there.


Tao said...

The only thing that helps my allergies is pseudoephedrine. It's a shame that assholes like my dad had to restrict availability by using it to cook meth. Loratadine and diphenhydramine just make me nauseated and fatigued, without treating the symptoms.