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Allergy Relief: Causes and Treatments for Soothing Swollen Eyes

Updated on July 25, 2014


There are allergens in the environment that usually trigger allergic reactions. These allergens include pollen, dust, strong odor and cold. This will make one to sneeze, cough and the nose becomes runny and stuffy. Most people will have swollen eyes when they get in contact with airborne allergies. When one comes into contact with the allergen, it hits the eye and dissolves into the tears. This will get into contact with the eye lining (conjunctiva) and this react with the antibodies that are bound to the cells that are located in the eyes. These antibodies will then cause the production of histamines and this cause nasal congestion and swelling of the eyes. | Source

Causes of swelling in the eyes

There are several things that cause the eyes to swell and they include allergic reactions, conjunctivitis, styes, eye injuries and chalazion.

There are different tips that can be used to reduce swelling of the eyes that is caused by allergens

Washing the efface

This is one of the things that can be done to combat swollen and itchy eyes. This will help to wash the allergens that are stuck to the eyelashes and the skin. This will in turn reduce the swelling of the eyes.

Rinsing the eyes

The eyes can be rinsed out using a small amount of water. This will help to loosen the allergens that may be located inside the eyes and flush them outside. This reduces the swelling.

Application of cold compressions

Cold compressions can be applied around the eyes and this will help to reduce any swelling and itching. A wash cloth or a towel is soaked on cold water or eye pillow or a damp cloth can be refrigerated. It is advisable to lie down with the cold compressions on top of the eyes and the coolness helps to reduce the swelling on the eyes.

Eye drops used for allergy

It is advisable to buy eye drops that are sold over the counter and they are used for allergy. These drops are used to sooth the itchiness and swelling that is caused by allergens. There are also other eye drops that can be prescribed and this includes olopatadine that is usually prescribed by most ophthalmologists.

Taking oral drugs or injections for allergy

It is advisable to tack antihistamines that can be bought over the counter or prescribed by the doctor to help relieve the allergic reaction. These drugs are usually used in allergic reactions where the symptoms are mild. There are also other injections that can be given to help relieve the symptoms of allergic reaction.

Staying indoors

The weather plays a vital role in causing allergic reactions in most people. A breezy day may have a lot of pollen and this is likely to cause an allergic reaction. This is because of continuous exposure to pollen which is an allergen. It is advisable to stay indoors when pollen and other allergens are increased in the environment. The outdoor activities can be done after it has rained or when the allergens are few in the environment.

When to see the Doctor?

It is advisable to visit the doctor when one notices any of the following. This is because there may be an underlying condition that needs treatment. It is advisable not to ignore this signs because they can lead to loss of the eyes when not treated in good time.

  • Pain in the eyes
  • Reduced vision
  • Blurred vision
  • A sensation of something being stuck in the eyes
  • Increased reddening
  • Increased swelling

Home remedies can be used to help in the treatment of puffy eyes. However, they are not always the best choice because a misdiagnosis can be made and a more serious problem can be missed out. It is advisable to see the doctor when they are not sure of what is happening in the eye, to be sure that all is well.


People get different allergic reaction and some may have swollen eyes as one of the symptoms. There are several tips that can be done to sooth swollen eyes. This includes staying indoors; using eye drops, rinsing the eyes, taking drugs or injections that reduce the allergic reaction, washing the face and application of cold compressions.


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