Allergies affect 40 to 50 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma Immunology (AAAAI). Each person reacts differently to allergies. Some people experience skin reactions such as hives and rashes, while others react with burning and itchy eyes. Prevention is the best way to treat any allergy. There are both natural and medical ways to prevent allergy burning of eyes.
- Avoid whatever causes your eyes to burn. If it is certain foods, avoid them, or if it’s dust, keep your house clean. Stay indoors where the air is filtered and recycled to avoid allergens found in outdoor air. Keep a close watch on what you eat, drink and expose yourself to.
- Take an oral antihistamine to prevent burning of the eyes. Take Benadryl if your allergy occurs in response to isolated events. Take an over-the-counter 24-hour antihistamine such as Claritin or Zyrtec if the allergy is ongoing and consistent. Use antihistamine eye drops before leaving the house to prevent outdoor allergies from affecting your eyes. Drink plenty of water while taking antihistamines, as they dry up mucus in the body.
- Use saline drops in each eye to prevent irritated, burning eyes. Place two drops in each eye, three to five times a day. to cleanse the eye and keep it moistened. Apply the drops in the morning, afternoon and evening for the best results.
- Use a saline rinse with an eye cup. Buy an eye cup and saline solution from the local pharmacy. Fill the eye cup half-full with the saline solution. Hold the cup over a sink and lower your head to fit your surrounding eye area over the eye cup. Cock your head all the way back so the liquid is on your eyelid. Open your eye and move your eyeball from side to side for 20 to 30 seconds. Tilt your head back down over the sink and remove the eye cup. Clean the eye cup thoroughly with soap and water and repeat on the other eye. Repeat this process two or three times daily.