Having red, itchy eyes is something that you’ll do almost anything to rectify as quickly as possible!
The most efficient way to do this is to work out what’s causing the problem and then doing something about it. If you often suffer from red, itchy eyes, then it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor as they’ll be able to give you advice.
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The most common causes of itchy eyes
Hay Fever is an allergy to certain types of pollen. When trees and plants release pollen, it is picked up and carried away on the wind, and if it gets into your eyes and nose, it can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
You can usually tell if your red eyes are a result of hayfever because:
- It will only happen at certain times of the year, in line with when the pollen you are allergic to is being released.
- Your itchy eyes are accompanied by a stuffy nose or sneezing.
If you have hayfever, then it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the pollen count and avoid going outside when it’s particularly high. You can also prevent pollen from coming into your home by using an air conditioner rather than opening your windows.
You can also take an antihistamine or use specially formulated eye drops and nasal sprays, which will help to combat your symptoms.
Allergies to pet hair and dust
There are a lot of allergens besides pollen that commonly affects a lot of people. Two of the most likely culprits are pet dander (a protein found in animal skin cells, urine, or saliva, which often coats their hair) and dust.
Similarly to hayfever, if you have an allergy to pet hair or dust, then taking an antihistamine or using eye drops specifically formulated for itchy eyes allergy relief should help to relieve some of the symptoms.
You can also take steps to ensure that your home is as free from allergens as possible by vacuuming regularly and washing soft furnishings and curtains in the washing machine, as they will often hold on to a lot of dust.
Allergies to soaps and other products
If your allergic reaction has started fairly recently or doesn’t seem related to pollen, dust, or pet hair, then it’s possible that you are allergic to something in your home.
Try changing your soaps and other products to see if that makes a difference.
Red and itchy eyes aren’t always caused by allergens! A common cause of red and itchy eyes is conjunctivitis (otherwise known as pink eye), which can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or any number of reasons.
If your eyes are really itchy, sore, and have thick yellow discharge, then conjunctivitis is the likely cause. Pink eye is easily treated, so get yourself to your doctor as soon as you can.
Certain medications (such as antidepressants or birth control) can cause your eyes to become dry, which in turn can cause them to become itchy and inflamed.
If you think this is the case for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist, as they may be able to recommend an alternative medication or some eye drops to help moisten your eyes.