If you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis, you probably already know the symptoms: itching, dryness, tearing, red eyes and blurred vision. Well, you must know that this year will be more common and will affect you more intensely than other years, due to climate change and pollution. The thermal oscillations and pollution are going to propitiate the appearance of a more aggressive and permanent type of pollen in the atmosphere that, according to the specialists of Clínica Baviera, will increase the ophthalmological problems among the Spaniards.

The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of the population suffers from eye allergies and in Spain there are six million people with allergies. This disease affects especially the new generations, since it suffers 4 out of 10 under 30 years. "The most common trigger of allergic conjunctivitis is pollen, although there are other common allergens such as dust mites, mold, some medications and certain makeups," says Dr. Fernando Llovet, Medical Director of Clínica Baviera.

"The most common symptoms are blurred vision, tearing, dryness and red eyes, but nasal drip, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, itching of the nose, mouth or throat and sinus headache may also appear. All this generates in the patient a state of frustration, irritation and fatigue that can lead to distractions in driving and poor performance at work, "warns this specialist.

The best way to prevent these symptoms is to avoid, as far as possible, being in contact with the triggering agent, in this case, pollen. "To do this, we must stay indoors, wear large and enveloping sunglasses and wash our hands frequently with soap and water, especially during the Easter holidays, when we change the environment and expose ourselves to agents we are not used to. ", Recommends Dr. Llovet. "Once we have the symptoms, we must go to our ophthalmologist and our allergist to identify the allergen that caused them and recommend the appropriate method for the relief of ocular allergy," he concludes.

Source: Baviera clinic

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