Spring is just around the corner, but that means many people will soon be suffering from seasonal allergies again.
An allergy is an over reaction of our immune system to foreign invaders that can be eaten, breathed into our lungs, injected or touched.
Seasonal allergies usually signal a new season is dawning, but for many of us, they warrant a quick trip to the drug store.
Before you go, you should know that over the counter or prescribed medications can decrease the impact of the symptoms.
However, if you're only suffering from itchy eyes, here are treatments that can help without making you drowsy.
Start by trying to avoid allergens in your environment.
Keep the windows at home and in the car closed, and consider an indoor air filter.
Try not to rub your eyes and use a cool washcloth compress to soothe itching.
Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops may relieve discomfort, or your doctor might recommend OTC or prescription drops containing an antihistamine.
Some nasal sprays can ease symptoms, but long-term use may worsen them.
If you suffer from severe symptoms, an allergy shot may be helpful.
Regardless of the season, all of us are different, so consult your doctor for the treatment that best suits you.