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I don't know about you, but the fall is always one of my worst eye allergy seasons. Weeping eyes, itchy eyes, swollen eyelids, totally irritated, light-sensitive eyes... can you relate? Eye allergies have definitely presented some challenges to me over the years, as I've made my living on the Web (or at least on the computer) for many years. And on those days (or weeks) when my eyes were irritated, working for hours on the computer just made things worse.
I've tried over-the-counter eye drops like Visine Allergy, Natural Tears, etc. and I've tried various prescription eye drops. But turns out it's not really a good idea to use some of those over the counter formulas for more than a day or two, and the prescription stuff cost a fortune, which is an issue when you don't have health insurance.
So, I was thrilled a couple of years ago when a new kind of eye drop came on the market. It's an over-the-counter drug called ketotifen and is an antihistamine and mast cell stablizer...
Back in 2005, I started weekly acupuncture treatments. Primarily, I went for stomach distress. However, during that first summer of treatment, I felt less anxious, better able to tolerate the brutal New York City summers and I felt less sensitive to environmental seasonal allergies, which I have every season.
How was this possible? Was it a result of acupuncture? I asked my practitioner about these unexpected results. She said, "Yes. Very often even though we work on other issues, decreased anxiety, decreased sensitivity to heat and decreased seasonal allergies are happy side effects of acupuncture." Apparently, most acupuncturists, according to her, know about this. But the public? Not so much.
At the time, though, she didn't have any western studies to back that up. But lo and behold, a new study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (the Journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ) found that the effects of acupuncture on allergies ar...
The best way to keep your allergy symptoms in check is to minimize your contact with the things that trigger them. Typically, allergy triggers include:
Pollen from grass, trees, and weeds
Animal dander from furry and feathered pets
Mold spores, both indoor and outdoor varieties
Let's take a look at some of the main ways you can avoid allergy triggers.
Pollen triggers. Pollen is a tiny egg-shaped particle from flowering plants. All plants have pollen, but only pollen from certain trees, grasses and weeds trigger allergies. Their pollen tends to be small, light, and dry, so winds can spread it far and wide. The heavier, waxier pollens found on roses and other flowers is not spread as easily and is less likely to cause allergy symptoms.
To avoid pollen, the best bet is to stay indoors during hot, dry, windy days in the spring, summer and fall, especially in the early morning, when pollen counts tend to be highest. Keep your windows closed and t...
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