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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

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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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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
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do NOT rub 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. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating a Lazy Eye (Checklist)

Wear glasses to protect amblyopic eye
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Get annual eye exam
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Use low vision aids if severe
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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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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

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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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

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Treating Pink Eye (Checklist)

Wash your hands frequently
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Tell dr the cause of your pink eye (allergic, viral, bacterial)
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Do not use someone else's eye drops
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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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Get tested for food allergies
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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