‘Tis the season to be itchy…
Dr. J.A. Parkerto
Dr. J.A. Parkerto

‘Tis the season to be itchyIt’s allergy season in the Low Country. Spring has almost arrived and so have the symptoms. From itchy nose, sneezing, sniff­ing, and trouble breathing, to red eyes, swollen eyelids, and terrible irritation in the eyes, the allergy season is upon us and here is what you can do to help relieve your symptoms.

All too often, I see patients who have al­lergy signs, but they do not have any allergy symp­toms. Many of these pa­tients have no idea that they have allergies because they do not have red, itchy, or puffy eyes. In these cases, no treatment is required. However, if the patient has symptoms, treatment may be required to reduce the symptoms.

Allergens are in the air from pollen and the growth of beauti­ful flowers and plants that we enjoy seeing very soon. When these substances come into contact with the eyes and nose, the body tries fight off the accumula­tion of the allergens. When it cannot, the system re­sponds by having any of the symptoms above. In order to eliminate the accumula­tion of allergens, anti-his­tamine medications may be required. Medications by mouth and eye drops are sometimes required to con­trol the excess accumulation of the allergens in the body. Of course, avoiding the al­lergen is the best course of treatment; but who wants to stay in-doors and miss out on the beautiful sites of our lovely city.

Over-the-counter medications are sometimes effective enough to control the symptoms of allergies. However, if you have tried any of these medications and are still having symptoms, a prescription medication or eye drop may be necessary.

If you are currently experiencing these dreadful and irritating eye symptoms of allergies, I urge you to see your eye care provider. Early treatment can prevent the symptoms from getting worse.

If you are in need of an eye care provider, I in­vite you to visit

EnVision Eye Care.

321 W. Montgomery

Crossroads, Savannah (near Hunter Golf Course)

For appointments, call (912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com.

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