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any connection between food allergies and scleritis?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Food allergy does not cause scleritis.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: The sclera is not affected by allergy. The conjunctivae, the translucent tissue that covers the sclera. Is commonly affected by allergy. In food allergic patients a drop of food to which the patient is allergic dropped into the eye can cause chemosis that is marked swelling of the conjunctivitis. I've seen this when milk-allergic patients get a drop of milk in the eye. (photo of chemosis).
Answered on Jan 5, 2019

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