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What Are Allergy Eyes?

By Bill Urell

Do your eyes get itchy, red, and irritated? Itchy, red eyes can be the result of many different causes. Perhaps you were in a smoke infested environment that caused your eyes to itch. Maybe you have been sitting a computer all day and strained your eyes by not blinking your eyes as often as you normallydo. The most common reason however is because you have allergy eyes.

Allergy eyes is most often a negative reaction to a substance in your immediate environment. For example, allergy eyes can be caused by pollen, weeds, and grass exposure. This is most prevalent in the fall and spring. If you step outside you can be overwhelmed with allergens and the effects of pollen.

Allergy eyes can also be caused by exposure to our beloved pets. Dog and cat dander, along with dog and cat hair, is released into the environment. You breathe in the dander and it can irritate the eyes and cause allergy eyes. Don’t worry if you have a dog or cat and you suffer from allergy eyes. There are ways to treat your eyes and keep your previous dog or cat at home with you.

What are the symptoms of allergy eyes? When you experience allergy eyes you can suffer from one or more of the following symptoms: itching, burning, tearing, and swelling of the eye. You may also feel the temptation to scratch your eye, which can make it worse. In addition, your eyes may become sensitive to light.

What be done to treat allergy eyes? Allergy eyes can be soothed by cold compresses. You can also try allergy eye drops such as Visine Allergy eye drops. Visine has created an entire line of eye drops that are specific to different eye irritations. Visine for allergies and Visine for dry eyes are effective eye drops to try. Antihistamine pills can be taken for relief of allergy eyes.

You can also take steps to improve the environment you reside in. Make sure to keep your house clean and free from as much dust and dander as possible. Use hypoallergenic mattress, pillow, and cushion covers to fight against dust and dust mites. All of these factors are potential reasons for allergy eyes.

Your itchy, red, irritated allergy eyes should clear up after the combination of eye drops, allergy medicine, and a clean environment. Use all these tools in combination to achieve the most beneficial effects.

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10 Tips For Natural Pet Allergy Relief

By Evelyn Lim

You may develop allergy symptoms after getting a new pet. Or you may even find may feel yourself getting pet allergy symptoms even though you have had your cat or dog for several years already. For whatever it is, allergies can cause you ill health. Pet allergy symptoms include watery eyes, itchy skin or/and wheezing.

If your symptoms are severe and if medications are not helping, you can choose to give away your pet. But what if you are so attached to your pet that you cannot bear the thought of being without it? If this is the case, you need to decrease the dander to reduce your symptoms and make your home less susceptible to the allergens. Here are some tips for natural pet allergy relief:

1. Keep the pet out of your sleeping area.
2. Keep your pet off your furniture.
3. Bathe your pet at least once a week.
4. Have someone brush your pet daily outside. This can help to decrease the dander that it carries around in the house.
5. Consider making your pet an outside pet, rather than allowing it to live inside.
6. Vacuum carpets everyday and damp dust at least once a week.
7. Wash hands with soap and water after touching and playing with the pet.
8. Get an air purifier for your home that states that it removes airborne pet dander.
9. Choose hard flooring over carpeting. Carpeting traps the allergens, which can trigger off your pet allergy symptoms.
10. Other furnishings trap allergens, as well. These include drapes, curtains, and upholstery. Choose plastic, vinyl, or wood blinds over drapes for your windows. Leather and wood furniture are a great allergy-friendly choice for furniture.

Of course, if you already suspect that you have a pet allergy or are sensitive to certain allergies, choose wisely when selecting a pet. Some pets are considered more allergy-friendly than others. For instance, small birds or small dogs carry much less dander than their larger counterparts. Also, short-haired dogs would be a better choice than long-haired dogs.

Getting natural pet allergy relief is of prime importance especially if you decide to keep your pet. Drug medications may help but these may be something that you also do not want to depend on as there can be several side effects. The above tips for pet allergy relief can help you reduce your symptoms so that everyone including the pet can live harmoniously together. Getting control of pet dander can improve the quality of life at home and keep everyone happy.

An allergy sufferer for many years now, Evelyn Lim is determined to wage a war against her symptoms. She now spends her time researching and writing about her various allergies. For more tips on natural allergy treatment, please visit http://www.Allergy-Attacks.com

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What Is An Allergy?

By Debby Bolen

Many people think of allergies as nothing more than sniffles. However, nothing could be more far from the truth. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States affecting the productivity and quality of life of 40 to 50 million people, or more than 20 percent of the population.
Actually, an allergy is an adverse immune system response induced by exposure to a substance, named an allergen, resulting in harmful tissue injury upon subsequent exposures.

Normally immune systems identify foreign invaders and send white blood cells to destroy infections. Unfortunately for us allergy sufferers, our immune systems incorrectly identify nontoxic substances as invaders and our white blood cells overreact causing more damage to our bodies than invaders would. These inappropriate hypersensitive responses vary from sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy sinuses, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, itching, hives/skin rashes, headaches, and fatigue, to potentially life-threatening situations. In addition, secondary bacterial infections can set in including sinusitis, and ear infections.

Upon initial exposure to an allergen, symptoms may not even be experienced even though the immune system becomes sensitized to it. First, immune cells called macrophages engulf the allergen and link up with toxin-fighting white blood cells. Next, other white blood cells produce a protein called Immunoglobulin E or IgE, which is programmed to react to the allergen. Then, the allergen-specific IgE antibodies attach to mast cells in the digestive tract, skin, or in mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat, or upper airway. These cells store allergy-producing chemicals including histamines. When allergen particles fit in between two IgE proteins creating linked pairs, the mast cells break open and release histamine and other chemicals, such as eosinophils, causing inflammation, increased secretions, itching, or airway spasms.

Anything breathed in, eaten, or touched is a potential allergen. Common types of allergens include dust mites, pollens, metals, cosmetics, animal dander, latex, food, insect venom, medicine, food additives, chemicals, and mold. In addition, many sufferers react to multiple substances.

Allergy reactions are categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild reactions affect a specific area of the body but do not spread and are similar to a cold, for example, watery eyes, and sneezing. However, moderate reaction symptoms spread to other body areas, for instance a spreading rash or difficulty breathing. A severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis which is a rare, life-threatening emergency affecting the entire body. Anaphylaxis progresses rapidly to serious upper airway swelling resulting in difficulty swallowing and breathing, accompanied by dizziness and mental confusion due to a rapid drop in blood pressure.

When allergy symptoms reoccur or occur longer than a couple weeks, make an appointment to be medically evaluated. Some sufferers obtain relief over longer periods of time with immunotherapy, named allergy shots. In conclusion, allergies cannot be prevented but are treated by making changes in your environment, and by taking over-the-counter or prescription medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays.

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