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How can I relieve my itchy eyes naturally?

By March 3, 2009 - 10:34am
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I get itchy, sensitive eyes and an itchy throat and this lasts for much of the year. I am not even sure of the triggers but I do know that I am allergic to certain plants and some make up. A few years ago, I was allergy tested and was given a vaccination once a week until it stopped working and I also became much more interested in holistic healing and immune building.
I began to understand that allergies are simply the reactions certain people get whose immune system is compromised to some degree. The plant is basically innocent but my body is sensitive to it, so in my mind, what I need to do is to naturally build up my defenses by excellent eating, etc. to stop my ridiculous reaction to it.

I do not eat dairy as I believe that to some degree, it is a major cause of compromised immunity. I also eat a lot of veggies, fruit, "good" grains, take acai, eat healthy fish, drink lemon and water every day, avoid caffeine completely, except for green tea and lots more. My skin is great....like a baby's bum and I rarely get sick but these itchy eyes and throat drive me mad sometimes.
I also, once in a while, will get a bad reaction on a hike or just out of the blue where I will sneeze all day(violently)and feel like I have a flu but it will be completley gone by the next day with no trace.
I am not terribly interested in what allopathic medecine has to offer me for this. I don't want any more drugs or vaccinations. I am a strong, healthy woman who wants to beat this naturally.
I am thirty eight, have no other issues and have never had. My mother and sisters also get these itchy eyes and they are in Ireland. I live in Northern California.
Sometimes the only way to stop scratching my eyes is for me to put my allergy free make up on and then I don't want to spoil it and so because I am not scratching, they stop itching. Sometimes they wake me up at night and I find myself scratching.
Can anyone help?? Is there something I can add to my diet? Should I avoid alcohol? How can I super strengthen my immune system?

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i was doing yardwork and worked a sweat and sweat drops entered my left eye and i rubbed it and kept working. later on i got this burning sensation and pain. i doused my eye with water and rinsed it about three different times and the burning is still there? is there any thing i can do to eliminate the pain and burning?

September 14, 2009 - 8:15pm

I have been using Similisan eye drops for sensitive eyes for years. They're homeopathic and can be found at major drugstores, as well as at whole foods grocers. The drops contain chamomile - which I'm otherwise allergic to, but the drops don't bother me.

Have you tried using allergen-preventive pillow and mattress covers? I found that putting the extra barrier between me and the dust mites, and other mites that naturally live in your pillow and mattress, cut the itchy eye symptoms. Folding your bed linens down, instead of making your bed first thing in the morning, dries out the body oils and moisture your body produces. I also treat my bed linens with anti-allergen spray.

When you do wear mascara, is it fresh? How often do you change it and your eye pencil or eyeliner? Ideally, you'd use a new mascara brush every day, or clean it every day. That not necessarily being possible, unless you know where to get a supply of disposable brushes, mascara needs to be changed every 4-6 months, and eye pencils should be sharpened frequently. Makeup brushes should also be stored in a cool, dry place, not on the bathroom counter, and cleaned often. Do you have any idea how far droplets from a toilet flush can travel? What a yucky thought!

March 5, 2009 - 5:57pm

Thanks Virginia....I use special eye make up and La Roche Posay eye cleanser(which is supposed to be good for my condition) but some days when I don't wear make up, I have the same problem and the good thing about the make up is that it stops me scratching my eyes and they then in turn itch less.
I will try the chamomille bags .....thanks!

March 5, 2009 - 10:14am

Rlyons, do you use eye make up? You may be developing an allergy to one or more of the ingredients. I would try more natural products. Also try washing your eyes every night with chamomille tea bags, squeeze a few drops straight from the warm tea bag into your eyes directly. This will sooth and clean your eyes.

March 5, 2009 - 12:37am

The eye drops are called Optivar, not sure if there is anything better or more natural, but these work great for me.

The Mayo Clinic has great information on Humidifiers to use for allergens, and how to keep them working at their best (so they don't, themselves, produce more allergens!)

March 3, 2009 - 2:16pm

Thanks Alison,
I guess that I have to learn to live with it....it can be so bad sometimes! What are the eye drops you use? Patanol? I used to have these for an emergency and it may not be the worst idea to have them handy in a pinch.
What type of air humidifer would you recommend?

March 3, 2009 - 1:37pm

It sounds like you are already doing "everything" right, and that your body is just going to have these allergic reactions. I also have allergies, and it is our histamines "over-reacting" to the pollen or dander.

As far as itchy eyes, I have not heard of anything else that you can add to your regimen to provide relief; the only other natural thing you can do are avoidance measures. Perhaps washing your hair before bed (if you are allergic to pollen, it can stay on your clothes and in your hair overnight). Keeping track of what you are allergic to, and checking the pollen count can help you plan your day (if it is a high pollen day for your particular allergen, you can perhaps skip an outdoor walk and workout inside, as an example of "avoidance"). Keep your house clean, dander-free (as much as possible), change your air filters regularly and perhaps sleep with an air humidifier could help.

For me, I have prescription eye drops that works wonderfully for my itchy eyes (I would be non-functioning on certain days without it!).

Good luck!

March 3, 2009 - 1:21pm
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