Winter is synonymous with warm, cozy fires and hot cocoa. However, for a lot of people, it can also be about eye allergies. Hence, people have to be cautious during the chilly months and take utmost care of their eyes.
Winter commonly brings about joint pain or skin problem ant even eye issues. Winter can aggravate eye problems. The most common indoor allergens that impact the eyes are dust mites, mold, and pet dander. You can encounter issues such as eye irritation, redness, and a feeling that something is lodged into the eyes. One can also suffer from allergic conjunctivitis, adverse immune responses were seen when one’s eye comes into contact with irritating allergens. Different allergens like smoke, pollen, or dust can surely give you a tough time with your eyes. The immune system tends to defend the body against harmful invaders like bacteria and viruses to fight various health issues. When it comes to those with eye allergies, the immune system sometimes mistakes an allergen for a dangerous substance. This reaction can invite symptoms like red, itchy, and watery eyes.
The red flags of eye allergies: Individuals with an eye allergy can exhibit symptoms such as watery eyes, itchy or burning eyes, scaling around the eyes, red or pink eyes and swollen or puffy eyelids, watery discharge from the eyes, and even a constant urge of rubbing the eyes. It is better to seek an expert’s advice after noticing these symptoms. Initiate the treatment at the right time to avoid any further problems.
Tips to prevent eye allergies during winter: Try to minimize your exposure to air pollution during winter. It is imperative to wash the bedding often in hot water, use a dehumidifier to control mold, clean areas where molds are present, and wear eyeglasses when you are outdoors. It is better to use eye drops or lubricants only after consulting the doctor. Do not self-medicate at all without the doctor’s knowledge. It is better to stay indoors and close the windows. Don’t forget to wash your hands after a spending time with your pets.
Dr Preeti Chaudhari, Opthmonologist, SRV Mamta Hospital Dombivli