Colorado Springs Pollen Report for September 26, 2016
Highest Pollen Present:
Weeds: Sagebrush, Chenopod/Amaranth, Ragweed
Allergy Tip of the Day: Eye Allergy Diagnosis
Eye allergies share symptoms with some diseases of the eye, making accurate diagnosis imperative. The symptoms of eye allergy can range from mildly annoying redness to inflammation severe enough to impair vision. If symptoms persist or over-the-counter remedies do not bring relief, see an allergist, who will review your medical history and symptoms and conduct tests that can reveal an eye allergy. Eye Allergy Symptoms: Itching, Redness, Burning, Clear, watery discharge
Eye Allergy Triggers: Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds, Indoor allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites and mold, Irritants, such as cigarette smoke, perfume and diesel exhaust
Eye Allergy Management and Treatment:
- Avoid triggers by making changes to your home and to your behavior.
- Keep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
- Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
- Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, and a dehumidifier to control mold.
- Wash your hands after petting any animal.
Control some symptoms with nonprescription medications, sold over the counter: Artificial tears, Decongestant eyedrops (don’t use eyedrops for “red eye” longer than a week, or they can make things worse), Oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)
See an allergist for prescription medications, which may be more effective: Eyedrops (decongestant, antihistamine, mast cell stabilizer, corticosteroid, NSAID), Allergy shots (immunotherapy), Nonsedating oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse).