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For about three months or so I have been having allergy like symptoms that have never happened to me before. There is a constant runny nose, a sore throat in the morning, constant sneezing and the worst is the ITCHY EYES! Right now they are deep red in color and itch so badly that I truly could rip them out of my head. What is going on? I need any advice that you have. I am going to go insane here. Oh, and I am pregnant.
 

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Its not unusual for allergies to develop or get worse during pregnancy or after the child is born. I seem to recall that we produce extra mucus during pregnancy or something, too.<br><br><a href="http://www.similasanusa.com/products-allergy-eye-relief.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.similasanusa.com/products...eye-relief.cfm</a> These homeopathic eye drops give me pretty good relief. I don't usually respond well to homeopathic medicine but this works and feels so good. I got them at my local health food store.<br><br>
There's also over the counter antihistamine eye drops which I suspect are very safe during pregnancy.<br><br>
If you're willing to go to the doctor, I was prescribed Flonase while breastfeeding (its a nasal spray) which was supposed to be much safer than taking antihistamines internally. I suspect its probably safest during pregnancy too but you should ask the doctor to make sure. It took 2-3 days but after that my nose/throat/cough symptoms were completely gone.<br><br>
I know (believe me, I know!) its really hard not to rub your eyes, but too much rubbing causes edema under the cornea, which isn't particularly serious, but still... not something you want.
 

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If you have any milk, breast milk worked great for me! I got an ungodly awful eye infection and none of the meds worked but breast milk did! You could also try eyebright tea bags - just set some on a saucer and pour enough boiling water on them to gethem wet and when they are cool enough, put them on, or dribble in your eys. Can be saved in the fridge if cool sounds better.
 

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Do you have seasonal allergies? This time of year the grass seed allergies really kick in and cause symptoms you describe.
 

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I never have before-but it definitely seems like that is what they are caused by. It is not caused by animals or any new thing in my house.<br>
Do you know when the seasonal allergies pass by for most people? Is it fall?
 

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The similasan mentioned by a previous poster also help me, as does homeopathic sabadilla (but we tried a couple of things before we hit on that one!). Homeopathics are safe in pregnancy.<br><br>
Itchy eyes are my number one allergy symptom, and I really, really feel for you!<br>
A few easier things are to sleep in a room with the window closed and a hepa filter going. Wash your hands frequently (the allergen might be on them). Washing my face with cold water, fluching my eyes with saline, and then applying some similasan drops followed by a cold wet washcloth over my eyes for a few minutes is my routine when I am at risk of actually ripping my eyes out of my head.<br>
I was once so desperate that I applied that menthol-y burt's bees lip balm to my eye lids and under my eyes. Don't do that. It burns like heck. Although, it is a good distraction method!<br><br>
Really though, can you pinpoint what might be causing your symptoms? Have any personal care routines changed? What was flowering/dispersing pollen when your symptoms started? If you know what it is, it's alittle easier to avoid it.<br><br>
Much empathy to you.<br>
Katia
 
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