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See Doctor Bassett in the November 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine

Puffy, Tender Eyes - This is often caused by lack of sleep, but if can catch up and are still sporting the blowfish look, an indoor allergy -- often dustmites -- is a likely culprit, explains allergist Cliffort W. Bassett, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Long Island College Hospital, in New York. Depuff by applying cold compresses to eyes and see a doc, who may recomment allergy meds. You can prevent the swelling and sensitivity from recurring by investing in hypoallergenic bed linenes and washing them frequently. Also, vacumming rugs, furniture, and other upholstered surfaces in your home will help thwart dust buildup and keep mites from breeding.

There are millions of people throughout the country who suffer from allergies 365 days a year. These perennial, or year-round, allergy sufferers deal with stuffy or runny noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, and wheezing all year long.

Allergy sufferers often may not know they have perennial allergies because they cannot differentiate between allergy symptoms and a cold. Colds are the result of a virus infection. Perennial allergies - often caused by common triggers indoors such as dust mites, furry pets, cockroaches, and mold and fungi - are the body's physical reactions to inhaled airborne particles called "allergens." Some symptoms between a cold and allergies are similar: sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose. But, if your symptoms are also accompanied with a fever, sore throat, colored nasal discharge, and achiness, then you probably have a cold. With allergies, there is never a fever, the nasal discharge is clear, and eyes may become red and itchy. And, while a cold usually lasts about a week, allergies can last all year. Source: www.AAAAI.org

Finola Hughes and Doctor Clifford Bassett
Dr. Clifford Bassett and television actress
Finola Hughes at launch of indoor allergy
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