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Allergies? How to treat them?

Spring is just an absolutely lovely season: the temperature gets higher, the green gets greener and the flowers are blossoming. With all this amazing things happening around us there is going to be a number of people that will continually complain. As with the arrival of spring your eyes became: watery, itchy, red, and uncomfortable – in one word they are allergic.

Allergies are classified in three categories:

1. Mild allergy

2. Seasonal allergic disease known as hay fever

3. Vernal keratoconjunctivitis – more severe and could be all year round with allergies to house dust mites and pollen. These people tend to have severe general allergies and are called “ATOPES”. Systemic allergic signs and symptoms would include: Eczema, Asthma which tends to get worse with seasonal allergy in the spring/summer. In severe atopies, it is advisable to see an allergist. The general advice is usually to avoid exposure.

Known as allergic conjunctivitis or hay fever, this reaction of the body is an inflammation. The causes of the inflammation are actually the excessive reaction of the body’s immune system to the allergens in the environment. As during spring time the nature revives. And with this new life the nature is bringing in the air a lot of particles (usually pollen which guarantees reproduction.)

Because a lot of our patients asked us about natural remedies to solve this issue, we decided to write a useful blog revealing our medical expertise.

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Unfortunately we need to inform you that there are no home remedies, which will be able to eliminate the symptoms of the allergic conjunctivitis. All the remedies that we are going to list would rather help reducing the amount of allergens that come into contact with the eyes than actually cure you.

Our first advice is to reduce the direct contact with the allergens: one of the solutions for it can be by staying at home for weeks until the season finishes, but face it we all have to work and we all need to carry on with our responsibilities, so most probably our second solution is better for you. Get a pair of protective sunglasses; there are quite a lot of options for sunglasses. Although most of them will look like googles, they will cover your eyes very well. There are options starting with £10 and if you are more interested in this subject you can check this article here. Use simple non allergic emollient face creams and avoid creams which may contain E 45.

Another action that you may take is to minimise the house dust mites: regularly washing your beddings including mattress cover; avoiding using carpets and using hard floor, as this limits the accumulation of the allergens. Change the air filters and use eco ventilation systems which filter out the pollen and house dust mite while recycling the heat.

The second advice is in case the contact with the allergens already occurred, there are a couple of solutions that you have:

  1. First you can make some cold compresses. Soak a clean face cloth in a bowl of clean chilled water and place over your eyes. You can chill the water by putting in some ice cubes or you can use the water from the bottle kept in the fridge.
  2. Second you can dilute the pollen and the antigen in the tears with unpreserved (preservative-free) artificial tear drops. We verified many of them and can truly recommend the following drops: Hylo-forte by Ursapharm, Hydramed night by Farmigea and Xailin night by Nicox.

However we strongly recommend seeing an ophthalmologist as soon as possible because the problem with the allergies is that you can’t treat it until you know the source of it, therefore stopping wasting time and book your appointment with the specialist.

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Bola Odufuwa-Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.