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All About Eye Allergies 

A closer look at what’s causing your eye allergy itch and steps you can take to find relief.

Why Do Eyes Itch From Allergies?

Eye allergy itch occurs when your eyes react to substances called allergens. Your immune system then releases a substance called histamine, causing the eyes to become itchy. 

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Eye Allergens

Allergens are everywhere. Some common allergens are pollen, ragweed, dust mites, mold and pet dander

Pollen

Found seasonally

Outdoors 


Pollen travels through the air when trees, weeds, and grasses release it in tiny grains to fertilize other plants. Get the jump on pollen with our pollen tracker

Ragweed 

Found in late summer/early fall 

Outdoors 

Ragweed pollen is a common trigger for hay fever and can be found everywhere in the U.S. Keep a close eye on the pollen tracker during ragweed season. 

Dust Mites 

Found year-round 

Indoors 

Dust mites are usually found in warm, humid areas of the house-most often the bedroom.

Mold 


Found year-round 


Indoors 

Mold commonly grows near damp areas such as the bathroom, kitchen, or basement. 


Outdoors 

Mold grows on rotting logs, in compost piles, and on grasses and grains. 

Pets 

Found year-round 

Your car, house, and public areas 

Proteins found in a pet's dander (dead skin cells), saliva, and urine can cause an allergic reaction. 

Eye Allergy Symptoms

Eye Allergy Symptoms

Itchy eyes are the most common symptom of eye allergies.
Other symptoms to watch out for include:

Watery Eyes
Red Eyes
Runny Nose
Sneezing


Eye Allergy Tips

There are plenty of things you can do to limit your exposure to allergens and find some relief. Here are a few tips:

Outdoors
Wear glasses and a hat
Keep car windows up
Shower nightly to wash away any pollen on skin/hair

Indoors
Wash off pet dander
Vacuum often
Keep windows closed during high pollen periods


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Eye Allergy Relief

Eye allergy itch relief drops are available to help target the itch at the source and give you relief that lasts. There are prescription strength eye drops available over the counter.