Allergy to Pollen
Spring and autumn are prime pollen allergy seasons. Many plants release pollen into the air, which if breathed in and deposited in your eyes, causes an allergic reaction. Sneezing, runny nose, stuffy feeling, itchy eyes, and coughing are all signs to look for.
What is Pollen?
Pollen is released from the male part of the flower in order to fertilize the female part and form a viable seed. It is designed to fly through the air and contact other plants of the same species. Pollen is spread well on breezy days, drifting through the air with just a small push of the wind. It can also be spread from trees and fall directly on top of you.
Pollen Allergy Treatment
You can reduce your exposure to pollen by closing windows and doors during forecasts of high pollen. Avoid bringing clothing and shoes that may have been in contact with outside pollen into the house. Wearing sunglasses can help keep pollen out of your eyes when you are outside. An allergic reaction after exposure is usually treated with an antihistamine like Benadryl.