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Dr. Duane Gels
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Allergic Conjunctivitis (Overview)

Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of eyes due to allergic reaction to allergens (i.e.; pollen or mold spores).


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What sort of problem is allergic conjunctivitis?

What sort of problem is allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivi: Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the coonjunctival tissues that covers the whites of the eyes and under the lids, due to a reaction from allergy-causing substances such as pollen and dander. Histamine is released, conjunctiva become swollen and red. Patients experience itching, burning, tearing, redness, puffy eyelids, and stringy discharge. Runs in families. Seasonal affect. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
147 doctors shared insights

Allergic Conjunctivitis (Overview)

Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of eyes due to allergic reaction to allergens (i.e.; pollen or mold spores).


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How long does allergic conjunctivitis last?

How long does allergic conjunctivitis last?

Last: Allergic conjuntivitis is a chronic condition. You can have it for life. It is best treated with antihistamine eye drop medication and avoiding the allergen. ...Read more

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Allergic conjunctivitis (Tip)

Allergy shots are a great help for severe sufferers, especially if allergies also trigger asthma. ...See more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do not rub your eye
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What are symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

What are symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

Itchy, red, burning: This picture illustrates it well: itching, redness, burning, watering with puffiness and swelling, big shiners-notice the dark circles. Beware scratching the cornea and rubbing foreign bodies like dust/sand getting into the eye. Also the white of the eye can swell: chemosis. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how to get rid of allergic conjunctivitis?

Does anyone know how to get rid of allergic conjunctivitis?

Avoid: Avoid cause - trial of antihistamines would help. See your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Allergic conjunctivitis (Tip)

Daily saline nasal washes, regular visits to your doctor/allergist, controlling indoor environement. ...See more

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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect your lazy eye
Once
Get an annual eye exam
Yearly
If your condition is severe, use low vision aids
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What's allergic conjunctivitis and what causes it?

Itchy eyes: Allergies of eye start with allergan such as pollen, animal dander, foreign object or chemicals and the resulting reaction to them such as swelling and redness, watering, mucous secretion and of course itching. Avoidance, cold compresses, eyed drops for this, and or allergy pills or shots are usually helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat chronic allergic conjunctivitis?

What is the best way to treat chronic allergic conjunctivitis?

Avoid the cause: The best way to treat any allergy is to identify the cause and avoid it. Somethings can't be avoided. That's where medication like mast cell-stabilizing eye drops and allergen immunotherapy (good old allergy shots) can make a huge difference. Start by consulting a board-certified allergist who can help you find the cause of your conjunctivitis. Try www.Aaaai.Org or www.Acaai.Org for help. ...Read more

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Allergic conjunctivitis (Tip)

Avoid spicy food because that adds to the histamine load. Use unscented lipstick. ...See more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
Once
Do not occlude or cover your eyes
Once
If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Which active ingredient would be better at treating allergic conjunctivitis: loratadine or cetirizine?

Which is better: You would have to try both and see which works better for you. None are perfect for allergies but one often works better than the other. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for allergic conjunctivitis that's not steroids (like maxidex)?

What is a good treatment for allergic conjunctivitis that's not steroids (like maxidex)?

Over The Counter Med: Assuming you were correctly diagnosed by an ophthalmologist, i would suggest over the counter medications such as zaditor (ketotifen) or alaway. Your first step is to see an ophthalmologist for more specific guidance. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Allergic conjunctivitis (Tip)

Make a list of the triggers you know of, seasonality if present ;what otcs you tried and didn't work. ...See more

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
Daily
See your doctor to determine if your pink eye is allergic, viral, or bacterial
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Do not use someone else's eye drops
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What's the best treatment to get rid of allergic conjunctivitis?

What's the best treatment to get rid of allergic conjunctivitis?

Depends on $: There are different levels of therapy. Ice packs (free), otc like zaditor or alaway ($10) or prescription drops like pataday, lastacaft, (alcaftadine) ellestat, et. Al. ($100). So "best" of all is prescribed meds that work in seconds and last all day. They are not cheap without insurance, but they do help. ...Read more

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How do I cure allergic conjunctivitis at home?

Several options: The most common symptom of allergic conjunctivitis is itching. You could try:
1. Cold compresses
2. Otc zaditor (ketotifen) eye drops
3. Avoidance of allergens

if these do not work, your eye doctor has a lot of other options, including prescription antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers, non-steroidals, and steroid eye drops. ...Read more

Dr. Murray Grossan Dr. Grossan
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Allergic conjunctivitis (Tip)

Breakfast in bed reduces allergy by equalizing body temperature. ...See more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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Are there some genetic reasons I get allergic conjunctivitis off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get allergic conjunctivitis off and on?

Not really: There is a genetic basis of allergic disease, but what you may be seeing is a seasonal variation due to the presence of specific pollen at certain times of the year. People who are allergic to ragweed may have symptoms from mid august to mid october, and at no other time. People sensitive to animals will have symptoms with exposure and not at other time.. ...Read more

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My allergic conjunctivitis has gone today, can I start using mascara again?

My allergic conjunctivitis has gone today, can I start using mascara again?

Suggestions: I would suggest using a brand that is hypoallergenic and cleaning the mascara wand with soap and water.
If you know your allergic triggers such as pollen, then taking steps to avoid the triggers, will help prevent flare ups. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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Whats kerato allergic conjunctivitis?

Whats kerato allergic conjunctivitis?

AKC? Treat ASAP!: Usually the term is atopic keratoconjunctivitis, or AKC. Think of this as eczema of the eye. Usually seen in older people, the cornea gets thickened slowly over time and is serious, worst case blindness. Often in association with eczema of eyelids, allergies. I've picked up a handful of cases. Needs ophthalmologist, even a corneal specialist if possible, ASAP! Dx early at your age, is treatable. ...Read more

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How do I treat allergic conjunctivitis?

How do I treat allergic conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis can either be caused by allergy, viruses or bacteria. Allergic causes can be relieved by oral or topical antihistamines. Viral causes are self limiting (meaning there is no specific treatment, contagious but resolve on their own). Bacterial causes are treatable only by prescription antibiotic drops. Careful handwashing and avoiding towel sharing can help reduce spread to others. ...Read more

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How can I cure allergic conjunctivitis?

Desensitization: One can only truly overcome an allergic respose to an allergin through desensitization to that particular allergin. Allergists can test you and give shots to desensitize you. All other treatments are directed at blocking tha alleric response, not "curing" the condition. ...Read more

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What to do about allergic conjunctivitis.?

What to do about allergic conjunctivitis.?

Eye drops: There are several over the counter eye drops that can help.Artificial tear drops can wash out the offending agents. Another called zadator is useful as an antihistamine drop.Sometimes systemic antihistamines can also help. ...Read more

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How long does allergic conjunctivitis last?

Last: Allergic conjuntivitis is a chronic condition. You can have it for life. It is best treated with antihistamine eye drop medication and avoiding the allergen. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

Itchy, red, burning: This picture illustrates it well: itching, redness, burning, watering with puffiness and swelling, big shiners-notice the dark circles. Beware scratching the cornea and rubbing foreign bodies like dust/sand getting into the eye. Also the white of the eye can swell: chemosis. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


Eye Allergies (Definition)

An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, ...Read more