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A 30-year-old member asked:

Does scratching your eyes affect your allergies?

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Dr. Giana Nicoara
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No: Allergies can cause itchy eyes. Scratching your eyes is not a good idea, as it may cause infection, and you could also scratch your cornea. For the same reasons, you should not wear contact lenses if your eyes are affected by allergies. You could use oral antihistamines like zyrtec (cetirizine) and/or antihistamine eye drops like Pataday to control the itching.
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Yes: If you are rubbing your eyes, you are potentially exposing your eyes to additional allergens worsening the symptoms. Additionally you risk other issues such as corneal abrasions and eye infections.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How do allergies affect the eyes?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Itching: Ocular allergy is usually accompanied by itching. If chronic, a condition called papillary conjunctivitis can start with small bumps on the back of the lids which are irritating. Prompt treatment with antihistamines can provide rapid relief.

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