Allergies? Relieve Your Swollen Eyes

Woman sits on the couch and blows her nose with a box of tissue in her lapIn need of some allergy eye relief? When spring arrives, summer flowers bloom and fall leaves hit the ground, count on allergens to be an integral part of the action.

And that’s only on the outside. Inside, allergens run amok throughout the year, triggering allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing, stuffy and runny nose — and swollen eyes. Allergies can cause the eyes to swell and become red, itchy, watery,

The reason people have swollen eyes from allergies is they’re getting contact in the eyes from airborne allergies. Basically, what happens is that when the allergens hit your eyes, they sort of dissolve in your tears. They have contact with the lining of the eye [the conjunctiva], and they react with antibodies that are bound to cells in your eyes. These antibodies cause the body to release histamine — which also causes nasal congestion that often accompanies swollen eyes.

The allergens doing this damage include outdoor allergens like pollen and molds and indoor allergens such as cat and dog allergens, and indoor molds.
Remember, these are your eyes we’re talking about, so check with your doctor before you try any treatment.