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Vitamins for Allergies and Puffy Eyes

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Vitamins for Allergies and Puffy Eyes
Vitamins that help to treat allergies and puffy eyes Photo Credit arvitalya/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

An allergy is a reaction from your immune system that occurs when your immune system is sensitive to certain things such as pollen, dust or mold. Allergies can trigger itching, rashes, runny nose and puffy eyes. Fortunately, there are various vitamins and supplements you can take that will help to ease your allergies.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for the formation of collagen, an important protein that is used to create skin, scar tissue, ligaments and blood vessels. Vitamin C is also needed to help maintain and keep your body tissues healthy. In addition, vitamin C is also used to help boost your immune system, keeping allergies under control. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which is a key factor of preventing the formation of free radicals -- unstable substances that may cause damage to your cells. They also contribute to heart disease and some forms of cancer. Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells, which fight bacteria. The Mayo Clinic says that vitamin C may be able to help decrease the duration of cold infections in some individuals, however more research is needed in this area.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and in relation to vitamin C, it also contains antioxidant properties used to fight off free radicals. According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin E may be efficient in treating nasal symptoms due to allergies, such as a runny or stuffed nose. However, more studies are needed in this area. Vitamin E is also important for the formation of red blood cells and improves the texture of your skin, keeping it fresh.

Vitamin A

According to MedlinePlus, vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and is important for efficient vision. Vitamin A may be able to help reduced puffy eyes due to allergies as it can help to treat inflammation on the skin by promoting the production of sebum, natural oils made by your body that keeps your skin healthy, preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

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