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    Experts offer top allergy tips

     

    Michael Raizman, MD

    Boston

    1.Encourage your patients not to rub their eyes. Eye rubbing brings allergens from the hands to the face and eyes. Rubbing also mechanically degranulates mast cells in the lids and conjunctiva and contributes to ocular inflammation and swelling.

    2. Remind patients when they come in from outdoors on a day with high pollen counts to wash their faces and hands, brush or comb their hair, and change their clothes.

    3. Artificial tears that are chilled in the refrigerator feel especially good when applied to an itchy, irritated eye. Cooling the ocular surface may reduce inflammation and discomfort as well.

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