Homemade Eye Rinse for Allergy Eyes
It is important to consider the reason for the rinse, if your eyes are simply dry or itchy from allergies a home remedy can provide relief, but other conditions such as pinkeye which is caused by bacteria, will require further attention from your doctor. Please keep in mind that if you are experiencing eye pain, extreme redness or a heavy discharge from your eye, you should seek medical attention.
Many people struggle with eye allergy symptoms during spring, summer or fall. Symptoms can include redness in the white of the eye or the inside of the eyelid, itchy eyes, watery eyes, or a burning sensation. While OTC remedies are available, some may contain ingredients that may be concerning, or you may want something immediately without a drive to the store. A simple salt solution will remove the offending allergen from your eyes and provide relief.
Eye Allergy Symptoms
Eye allergies can trigger symptoms in your eyes or eyelids. These symptoms can include redness in the white part of your eye or inside the inner eyelid. Other symptoms include itchy eyes, watery eyes, blurred vision, burning, eyelid swelling, and sensitivity to light.
Why Allergies Make Eyes Red
Eye allergies can be the result of an offending allergen such as pollen, dust, or pet dander. When exposed to these allergens, the mast cells in your eyes release histamine and other chemicals which cause inflammation resulting in itchy, red or watery eyes.
Treating Allergy Eyes
Eye allergy drops have many of the same medications that are used to treat nasal allergies such as antihistamines, decongestants, and mast cell stabilizers. Antihistamines work to combat symptoms by blocking the effect of histamine, which can help with the itching. Mast cell stabilizers reduce inflammation by preventing the release of chemicals such as histamines from mast cells.
Eye Allergy Drops
There are various types of eye allergy drops such as tear substitutes which rinse the allergens out of your eye and keep eyes moist. Decongestant drops shrink blood vessels in your eyes, which decreases redness. But using them long-term can actually make your symptoms worse. Both kinds of eye drops are available over the counter. Be sure to discuss your options with your doctor to determine what the best solution is for you.
Homemade Eyewash Solution
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup distilled water
Add salt to water and stir till dissolved.
This solution has no preservatives and should not be kept for more than 1-2 days.
If you decide to use tap water, be sure to boil it first to kill any bacteria and allow it to cool before use.
1. Be sure you have thoroughly washed and dried your hands.
2. Rinse the eye wash cup with the saline solution.
3. Fill the eye cup 3/4 of the way to the top with the saline solution.
4. Leaning over the bathroom or kitchen sink, with your head down, gently place the cup over the affected eye that needs to be rinsed.
5. Stand up straight and then tilt your head back slightly, keeping your eyes open.
6. Move your eye all around to ensure that the saline wash rinses your entire eye.
7. Lean forward towards the sink, tilt your head down and remove the cup.
8. Discard the solution in the cup and rinse it.