How To Get Rid Of Allergies Forever (Part Two)

This is continued from How To Get Rid of Allergies (Part One: Acupuncture).

If you wear contact lenses, you know allergy season can be a pain. Your eyes have probably itched and turned red.

I visited my ophthalmologist recently and she looked at my eyes and said they were very damaged. Here’s what she recommended for my allergies:

  • Don’t rub your eyes. I know I sound like your mom, but she said that’s terrible for your eyes and will only make them itch. Even worse, it could cause you to scratch your eyes. A scratched eye can easily get infected and cause you to get pink eye. Rubbing your eyes also can cause you to get a stye (which I got a days after rubbing my eyes).
  • Wear glasses. I don’t like wearing glasses and the ones I had were a little outdated. I also don’t like how expensive glasses are. I recommend checking out Warby Parker for great glasses and a great cause. I recently ordered a pair and they are great.
  • Switch to daily contacts. This is huge. I used to wear contacts that were supposed to be replaced every 2 weeks. But as anyone that has 2 week-replaceable contacts knows, you never replace them when you’re supposed to. Because of that, allergens can stick to your eye and cause it to be irritated. I switched to daily contacts and have never had an issue.

Daily contacts are more expensive, but I just ordered contacts from Daysoft Contact Lenses out of the UK.  They are MUCH cheaper than any other daily contacts, but I find them to be a little less comfortable than my usual Acuvue 1-Day Moist Lenses.

Here’s what I tried that did not work:

  • The Neti Pot. I tried this with very little success.
  • Traditional allergy medication like Zyrtec and Claritin. If there is a changing season, I’ll take Zyrtec for a couple of days, but after that it didn’t work at all for me – since my allergies were so severe. If you have very mild allergies, that might be all you need.
  • Going to the doctor for steroids and antibiotics. It will help in the short-term, but you’ll be worse off in the long run.
  • Local Honey. I tried it, it didn’t work for me.
Just because these didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. Any tips you have for other allergy sufferers?

 

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