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Seasonal allergy sufferers know the watery eyes and itchy nose that follow exposure to dust, pollen, or other allergens all too well. The good news is there are plenty of natural remedies for allergies that will provide some relief in the midst of this pollen apocalypse.
A cold compress can clear up red, itchy eyes in a flash, so it's good to always have a cooling gel eye masks ($7.80, Amazon) on hand. While certain fabrics may irritate people with sensitive eyes, Ariel Edge's eye mask is gentle on the skin. This one-size-fits-all eye cover comes with an elastic strap so it sits snugly no matter your head shape or size. Simply pop it in the fridge so it cools down and then grab whenever your eyes feel irritated. Just make sure to wipe it after each use to prevent bacteria from breeding.
And, that's not the only thing this gel eye mask can do. Use it to reduce eye bags after a sleepless night, or zap it in the microwave for a few seconds and turn it into a warm compress to sooth dry eyes. Some customers have found success treating headaches and migraines with a heated eye mask, too.
"I love this mask! I suffer from under eye puffiness as well as several other eye conditions," one Amazon shopper wrote. "I use it both cold by keeping it in the freezer and also as a warm eye compress. It relieves my puffy eyes and soothes my eyes so I feel completely refreshed... The side that rests against your face is a nice, smooth, velvety fabric which does not leave any marks or indentations on your face. I have tried so many face masks and this is absolutely the best out there!"
One important thing to note is that a cooling gel eye mask may provide temporary relief, but it won't cure the underlying problem. A doctor will be able to diagnose whether your irritated eyes are simply a symptom of seasonal allergies or something more serious.
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