Jul 25, 2023
Home Remedies and Tips for Soothing Eye Allergies
5 minute read
An eye allergy, or allergic conjunctivitis, is an allergic reaction taking place in the conjunctiva – the clear tissue lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes.
This reaction occurs when the eyes are exposed to allergens – such as pollen or pet dander – causing the mast cells in the eyes to release histamine. This chemical reaction manifests as inflammation of the blood vessels in the conjunctiva, leading to itchy, red, watery eyes.
Finding the best eye allergy relief options is essential for maintaining overall eye health and optimal vision. Fortunately, there are numerous home remedies and natural solutions available that may be helpful in alleviating eye allergy symptoms.
Home Remedies for Itchy and Watery Eyes
Before attempting any home remedies to relieve eye allergies, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider, especially if your symptoms are severe.
Applying a cold compress to the eyes is one of the easiest and most productive ways to relieve eye allergy symptoms.
Studies show that cold compresses relieve allergy symptoms in the eyes because of the way in which cold temperatures counter inflammation by constricting the blood vessels and decreasing circulation in the area.
Saline solution is a mixture of water and sodium chloride that is very useful for flushing irritants out of the eye. It’s most effective when used directly after being exposed to an allergen in the air, as it will work to prevent the symptoms from worsening.
You may think cucumbers are just a healthy salad ingredient, but they are much more than that! Cucumbers are actually extremely helpful in alleviating puffiness or redness of the eyes.
These vegetables have an exceptionally high water content, allowing them to cool the eyes, hydrate them, and reduce swelling.
In order to reap their benefits, cut up a refrigerated cucumber and gently place one slice over each closed eye. Sit with these on the eyes for about 15 minutes, or until the cucumber is no longer cold.
Aloe Vera Gel
Another anti-inflammatory tool for relieving eye allergy symptoms is aloe vera. Known for easing redness and pain related to sunburns, this succulent plant’s gel contains compounds that are useful in soothing inflammation and itchiness of the eyes as well.
Soak cotton balls in pure aloe vera juice, and place them over the eyes for approximately 30 minutes for effective symptom relief.
You might be thinking, “What? Honey in my eyes?”
Well, while you shouldn’t be applying honey directly to your eyes, consuming raw local honey may be just what you need to ease your eye allergy woes.
Incorporating local raw honey (essentially, honey produced by bees in your local geographical area) into your diet may reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies. Because eye allergies are typically the result of seasonal allergens entering the eyes, the consumption of honey is useful in limiting reactions.
Lifestyle Tips for Managing Eye Allergies
In addition to the various home remedies shown to help relieve eye allergy symptoms, certain several lifestyle changes can limit your exposure to allergens. These include:
- Cleaning your home regularly to reduce inhalant allergens, such as dust and pet dander
- Using air filters and purifiers to improve indoor air quality
- Keeping your windows closed during periods of peak pollen
- Wearing sunglasses or protective eyewear when outdoors to shield your eyes from allergens
- Refraining from touching or rubbing your eyes
When to Seek Medical Attention
Home remedies and lifestyle changes can be incredibly helpful in relieving eye allergy symptoms, but sometimes they may not be enough.
If your symptoms persist, you may want to consider using over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication for relief. Of course, be sure to seek immediate medical attention if you experience worsening symptoms, including eye pain, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light.
A licensed healthcare provider can help formulate a treatment plan that’s right for you. Through a combination of professional guidance and self-care, you can be on your way to fast relief of your eye allergy symptoms.
Dr. Payel Gupta
Medically reviewed by Dr. Payel Gupta
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