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I have come to the conclusion that our daughter seems to have environmental allergies.  I’m not surprised, really, because my husband suffers terribly from allergies!  Many thanks to Visine for sponsoring this post so that I am able to share these unknown allergy facts with you!
A woman smiling while standing under a tree with text above her.

  • An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from allergies (1 in 5 Americans)  – Thankfully, I’m not one of them, but in our house of six people, two have allergies. 
  • Allergy is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages.
  • Boy Blowing His Nose into a Handkerchief
  • Allergy is the third most common chronic disease among children under 18 years old[2]
  • Beautiful Eyes
  • Allergies can give you a black & blue eye!  Eye allergies happen when airborne allergens and other particles land directly on the surface of the eye, causing irritation and redness; subsequently, the body reacts to the substance by flooding the eyes with tears and mucus.  Symptoms of eye allergies may include: itching, redness, tearing, swelling of eyelids, burning, watering.  My husband uses Visine to help. If you use it, you just need to use one or two drops of VISINE®-A® Eye Allergy Relief Eye Drops throughout the day as needed to treat symptoms, up to four times a day


Yellow Lab Lying by Empty Food Dish

  • Pet fur is not what is causing your reactions.  It is the saliva (I saw this with our nephew- a dog licked him and he broke out), the dander and urine caught in the fur.   (Gross!)
  • peanut butter sandwich
  • Peanut allergies has doubled in the past 10 years.  When our son was born, they told us that he had a peanut allergies (he was allergic to every food – its called FPIES.)   He outgrew it.  Our nephew is still allergic to peanut butter.  No one knows the reason for the huge increase in peanut allergy sufferers.
  • Unhealthy eating and being overweight is linked with causing allergies (from the Diabetes journal).
  • Symptoms are generally limited to a particular period of time or season (with seasonal allergies)What are the most COMMON causes of allergies (airborne allergens): 
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Weeds
  • Mold


How can you help? 


  • Eat berries, onions and apples.   These are said to be “nature’s allergy pills” because they can help with the symptoms.


  • Use VISINE®-A® Eye Allergy Relief Eye Drops to temporarily relieve itchy, red eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.  It works so well because VISINE®-A® Eye Allergy Relief Eye Drops combine an antihistamine with a redness reliever to temporarily relieve eye itchiness and redness, helping eyes get back to normal.
  • INDOOR tips from Visine:Woman Doing Laundry
    • Wash linens and clothes regularly
    • Keep windows shut to keep out pollen and other outdoor allergens
    • Vacuum and dust often to reduce indoor allergens, such as dust and pet dander
    • Run the air conditioner or air filter to sift out allergens. Make sure to keep those air filters clean and replace them regularly
    • Put allergy proof covers on pillows, mattresses and comforters to ward off dust mites


    OUTDOOR tips from Visine:
    outdoor allergy relief

  • Check the pollen count before going outside each day – pollen counts tend to be highest 5 – 10AM
  • Shower after being outdoors to remove allergens that may have stuck to you. Use a sterile saline eye wash to flush allergens out of your eyes
  • Do not hang laundry to dry outdoors because allergens can stick to the clothes
  • Glasses and sunglasses act as a barrier or shield to minimize allergens from sticking to your eyes
  • If you prefer to wear contact lenses, choose a daily disposable lens, which can minimize accumulation of allergens as well. Contact lens wearers can use VISINE®-A® Eye Allergy Relief, but need to remove contact lenses before use and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting contact lenses after using the drops.
    • neti pot
    • Use a neti-pot to help with your symptoms.  (Do not use tap water- I read a study about two people dying from a disease caused by using tap water)

How do you control your allergies?   What is an unusual fact that you know? 


[1] “CDC Fast Facts A-Z,” Vital Health Statistics, 2003

[2]  “Chronic Conditions: A Challenge for the 21st Centrury,” National Academy on an Aging Society, 2000


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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