Whether you want to take a walk around your neighborhood or enjoy the summer sun on a different continent, your eyes may make you reconsider. No amount of fresh air and freedom to roam will feel enticing when your eyes contract seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Under this condition, certain pollens in the summer, spring, or fall can cause your eyes to itch, redden, burn, and discharge. None of which is enjoyable if you want to see the sights outside of your home.
So, if you’re planning on traveling and you want to avoid your eye allergies this time, consider doing the following.
Take your medication with you.
To start, keep your PATANOL® eye drops (olopatadine) or other allergy medication close at hand. When traveling, you may not get a chance to avoid the pollen you’re allergic to. So it’s easier and better to bring allergy medication like olopatadine with you as it could prevent an allergic reaction entirely.
You will likely have to talk to your doctor about olopatadine first as it’s given on a prescription-only basis. But if you’ve already been diagnosed, getting it should be little issue.
The main concern will likely be around the cost of this medication. After all, America is home to the highest prescription pricing in the world.
Luckily, there is a solution easily available. You just need to get your olopatadine shipped through an international or Canadian Med Center. Doing so will connect you to other countries’ licensed pharmacies where prescription pricing is lower and more affordable.
Minimize your allergen exposure.
Once you’ve got your medication handy, you’re almost ready to roll! You’re certainly prepared enough to get to the destination of your choice via feet, train, plane, or some other vehicle. But you’ll still want to minimize your exposure to allergens when you can. And depending on how possible that is, it may mean you might not have to worry about having any allergic reactions!
To minimize your outdoor exposure, do the following:
- Check when the pollen count is supposed to hit its peak at your destination and prepare to stay inside for that time.
- If there are any window fans at the place you’re staying in, try to not use them as they can attract pollens and molds when used.
- Any sort of eyewear might be helpful to keep on hand when you go outside to reduce how much pollen gets into your eyes.
To minimize your indoor exposure, do the following:
- Try relying solely on air conditioning to avoid opening windows and letting pollen inside.
- If possible, try to keep the humidity in the place you’re staying at low to limit how much mold you’re exposed to.
- When necessary, clean the place with a damp rag or mop to clear away any pollen or dust that might be lingering around.
In short, reducing both your outdoor and indoor encounters with allergen while keeping your medication close at hand should keep your seasonal allergic conjunctivitis at bay.
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