I can’t remember a time when I didn’t suffer from seasonal allergies. At some point during middle school, I was allergy tested and finally learned the reason behind my constant congestion, swollen face, and red eyes. Not only was I allergic to grass (which is everywhere), but I was also allergic to dust (also everywhere).
According to allergist and immunologist Purvi Parikh, MD, who works with the Allergy & Asthma Network, my symptoms are due to inflammation impacting my immune system, which manifests itself physically.
Allergist June Zhang, MD at the South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group, echoes this sentiment and adds that swelling can occur on the face from scratching the eyes and nose and from nasal congestion. “A daily oral allergy medication can help manage the symptoms,” she said. (She recommends Zyrtec.)
In addition to taking my allergy medicine, I’ve found a combination of solutions that help combat the inflammation I often get from allergies (which, for me, is all year long). Read ahead to find out how I deal with red eyes, a puffy face, and dark under-eye circles.