Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
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You know that this season, due to all the rain we've had, the pollen count is through the roof!
I am a walking allergy. I am deathly allergic to all things that fly that are also yellow (honey bee, wasp, hornet, yellow jacket), and I also have super bad environmental allergies (pollen, dogs and cats, mold). My eyes are always seriously affected, I rub them a lot. There is an over the counter eye drop that is an antihistamine. it will help a lot. Also, my allergist says a neti pot will help a lot with your eyes as well as sinuses. I'm too chicken to try it, but a co worker swears by them.
A good friend who is an optometrist, cringes when I rub my eyes, told me about this and it also works well for me: wash your hands, then cup one, fill with cold water, and put your itchy eye in it, and move your eye around, it will flush the pollen out. I usually do it twice. It might sting a little cuz of the cold water, but in 5 minutes your eyes will feel like new.
I am very allergic to my anatolian, and less allergic to my half hav, also named Ollie. If you are allergic, usually it shows in the first 24 hours of exposure. Also, you can build a tolerance to any med, I rotate my antihistamine, but benadryl works great for me. Try Zrytec (also generic and OTC, a costco).