Darn Seasonal Allergies


fly_eyez
on Jul 18, 2016 @ 01:10 pm

For those of you with seasonal allergies, what do you do when your eyes become swollen and runny?

I have already taken my usual strong dose of OTC allergy meds (24 hour relief), used only sensitive face wipes, no eye makeup, used Visene allergy drops - extra strength, and used a cool, wet washcloth over the eyes. Only one eye is swollen (almost shut) but both are constantly running.

There must be something major in the air today. I don't know what else to do.

Any home remedies that work for you? I can't take any more meds because these ones are 24 hour relief so only one pill per 24 hours. Please ignore any spelling errors, I'm typing with one eye. And it's full of water.

Does anyone get prescription meds for seasonal allergies and if so, what do you take?

Thanks
 


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Irememberu
... on Jul 18, 2016 @ 04:07 pm

For myself I use an oral antihistamine like Benadryl which works for me. Sometimes, a prescription nasal spray does it for me too.
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jujusamples
. on Jul 18, 2016 @ 05:47 pm

I try to stay off the meds because I find that they eventually don't work. Instead I got an air purifier in a couple rooms around my place. I take a 1 a day multivitamins. Within about a year, I drop the meds completely. I was told by an ET nurse that it's all in the immune system, so if I take multivitamins to help strengthens my immune it will help with allergies.

I also went to see an allergist. (My allergies were really bad) and he told me the same thing. Air purifier helps tremendously, it takes away all the dust and pollen, which is what cause most allergies.

If it gets really bad to the point of unbearable, then yes, I take an antihistamine, like Benadryl and sleep it off. I still have some allergies, but not to the point where I have to take any meds yet. Fingers cross.
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wonderwhatif
. on Jul 18, 2016 @ 08:34 pm

I think make sure you get allergy tests as well, as you could be allergic to more than you think!

And try and stay indoors :(

I don't have allergies, but I can't go out much in summer as it's too hot for me and I get sick from the heat.

Good luck!
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fly_eyez
Thanks on Jul 19, 2016 @ 01:21 am

Thanks for sharing ladies. The swelling has gone down a bit. I am going to dr tomorrow bc one of the new meds I'm on contains a drug I'm allergic to. This is now my 5th drug allergy. The medication I was taking gave me full body itch and my skin started peeling. So my Dr switched me to a drug in the same family and upped the dose (from 5mg to 30mg). Today was my first dose. So when I looked at the side effects it states that red, itchy, swollen and watery eyes can be a sign of an allergic reaction. *sigh*. It's so frustrating bc this is the drug that is supposed to keep me awake. Another drug I take for pain makes me so tired I'm practically comatose and cannot stay awake. It's s vicious circle!
I do have seasonal allergies though and I have tons of flowers in a garden outside my bedroom window (which I try to keep closed).
I am also allergic to cats and I am fostering my best friend's cat. She mostly stays downstairs though and I don't let her in my bedroom. I try to limit touch contact with her and make sure to wash my hands after playing with her. I just assumed it was my seasonal allergies but it might be the new meds. Guess I will find out tomorrow.
Thanks girls for your responses.
Lorna, it must be so frustrating to have to stay out of the sun! I love warm weather and spending time outdoors. I made sure to stay indoors as much as possible today though.
Irememberu - I absolutely cannot stand liquid in my nose! I couldn't use the mist / sprays! I'm glad they work for you though.
Juju - an air purifier is an excellent suggestion, thank you! Something so basic I didn't even think about it! Duh moment! I do make sure to have allergy / dust mite covers for my pillows and bedding though. I had to throw away my super comfy down pillows and duvet - even with allergen covers it still make me itch and sneeze.
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Sandra Ribeiro
allegies on Jul 19, 2016 @ 03:21 pm

I take benadryl, it's the only thing that works for me.
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fly_eyez
Update on Jul 20, 2016 @ 05:25 am

It might be my new meds, which really sucks. Spoke with Dr. It's too early to tell for certain since I also have seasonal allergies. For the next week I'll be sleeping with my Epi Pen close by, just in case.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions :)
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KittyKat101
Allergies on Aug 19, 2016 @ 10:20 am

The last few weeks have been bad. It takes a long time to get ready in the mornings, as my eyes will not stop watering. I used to get a needle for them. Now I take anything at the drugstore that does not cause drowsiness. I also get a nose spray from the Doctor.
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xoliana
. on Aug 21, 2016 @ 12:29 am

If it is your seasonal allergies, and not medications, you might want to talk to your eye doctor about some different eye drops, something specific to your issues. My optometrist was the first person to figure out I had allergies, just by looking at my eyes several years ago.

About two summers ago, my left eye was giving me so much trouble that I scheduled an early appointment. It was constantly hurting and scratching like I had a large clump of eyelashes in there. I would then rub it (bad, I know), and it would instantly get super red and watery. It turned out to be the allergies again, but the new symptoms were caused by a specific type of dryness towards the very front of the eye. My doctor gave me a sample of some different drops to use, and I've been using them ever since.
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