Dr. Menachof, MD, has specialized in conditions around the head, throat, ear, nose, neck and face for over 20 years, and was the first to bring sublingual allergy drops to Colorado in 2005. He has been recognized as a Fellow by multiple academies, named one of America’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeons continually since 2003 and is featured in multiple national publications.
What Causes Allergies?
One word – Histamine. If there were a movie about allergies, histamine would be the supervillain of the story. Histamine is the neurotransmitter that causes most allergy symptoms. It is the chemical released by our bodies that causes us to sneeze, have a runny nose, itch our red eyes, rub our nose, scratch our skin, and even struggle with asthma. It is also often the reason that our nose is stuffy and our eyes are dry or itchy, sometimes even year-round.
Why Some People Have Allergies
Allergies are essentially a hyperactive, overactive response by our immune system to common particles floating around in the air. People without allergies have immune systems that simply ignore those particles and are not irritated by them. For those of us with allergies, however, when we are exposed to one of the particles or irritants we’re sensitive to, our immune system goes into over-drive. The body initiates a fight with the mold, dust, animal dander, and tree, grass or weed pollen that most peoples’ immune systems simply ignore. For people with allergies, exposure to these common allergens causes the cells in our body to release histamine, among other things, which wreaks havoc on our eyes, nose, skin, and lungs. Sneezing, itching, runny nose, wheezing, and fatigue are all symptoms of the body’s counterattack.
You Can Find Relief From Itchy Eyes
For many people, itching eyes are the allergy symptom that bother them most. The eyes often get red, dry and irritated, and it can be difficult to focus on anything else while dealing with itchy eyes. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to help get rid of itchy eyes.
Antihistamines Can Help Treat Symptoms
Antihistamine pills help decrease itching by blocking the histamine chemical. These can work well, but can be expensive to purchase and difficult or frustrating to take regularly. Antihistamine eyedrops do the same, but for your eye symptoms alone. These eye drops aren’t absorbed systemically so they won’t cause you to become tired or wired, but they also only treat the symptoms short term and can further dry out your eyes.
Allergy Drops Can Cure Allergies & Treat Symptoms
Itchy eyes caused by allergy histamine release can be significantly improved for the long term using sublingual immunotherapy, also called allergy drops. By taking a customized drop under your tongue at home each day, you will find long-term relief from eye itching, along with your other allergy symptoms, and reduce or eliminate your allergies completely over time.
If you’re experiencing itchy eyes, meet with an experienced ENT specialist to get to the root of the issue and find the best solution for your frustrating symptoms.