Eye Allergies in South Florida
Burning sugar cane fields are a common sight in the south Florida towns of Clewiston, Pahokee, Belle Glade and South Bay from late-October through mid-April. The fields are set on fire shortly before harvesting the cane to burn off dead leaves and other debris that would otherwise increase transportation costs and interfere with the milling process.
The resulting smoke clouds can be seen on radar during the local news channels weather reports. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, and how strong the wind is, the resulting smoke and falling dust can be a concern for allergy sufferers, especially for anyone living in the areas of western West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and Royal Palm Beach.
There’s usually no break for allergy sufferers in Florida as there is always something in bloom year round. Severe eye allergies can even lead to conjunctivitis, or pink-eye. Try not to rub your eyes, if you suffer from allergies, as you can accidentally scratch your cornea, which is quite painful.
Relief for Allergy Eyes
Dry and irritated eyes are a side effect of seasonal allergies. Common symptoms of eye allergy include red eyes, itching eyes and burning and watery eyes. Dust, mold, pollen and pet dander can all aggravate the problem.
Prescription or over-the-counter allergy medication can give temporary relief from the pain and irritation accompanying allergic conjunctivitis. A cold compress, made from a washcloth rinsed and wrung out with cold water, can be placed across the eyes to help reduce any eye swelling that accompanies the allergies.
Top Florida Cities for Allergy Problems
This data is taken from the report The 2013 Fall Allergy Capitals by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The foundation estimates
there are around 40 million season allergy sufferers in the United States. The AAFA rankings are based on pollen levels, use of allergy medications and the number of board certified allergists in each city. 9 Florida cities made the top 100 list.
- #59 – Jacksonville
- #63 Lakeland
- #65 Cape Coral
- #67 Miami
- #71 Tampa
- #79 Orlando
- #86 Sarasota
- #89 Palm Bay
- #96 Daytona Beach
Visit an Eye Care Professional
Over-the-counter eye drops are one way to bring relief to allergy eyes. Severe eye allergies usually need a prescription for corticosteroid eye drops. Visit your eye doctor if you suffer from extreme eye problems along with your allergies. An ophthalmologist can prescribe medicated drops for your eyes.
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