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Allergic Reaction It Looks Like I Have A Black Eye
I woke up with a black eye, but I never suffered from face trauma. Could this be related to my allergies?
Probably not: It would be unusual to have a black eye (assuming like a bruise) only on one side from allergies. I would have that checked out with your primary care doctor or an ophthalmologist (eye specialist). ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
I have an allergic reaction to the little black ants my eyes get swollen and ich badly and they hurt. Please help me find out what is going on.
Ant Allergy: Allergic reactions to ant bites occur not because of the venom itself but because of chemicals produced by the body's immune system while fighting the venom. Depending on the level of sensitivity, this could occur after multiple ant stings or even a single sting. See an allergist for desensitization shots. ...Read more
Had an allergic reaction now I have what looks like a allergy spot on my penis head. How do I know it's not herpes?
Easy things first: If this is truly an allergic reaction, one should consider oral anti-histamines. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works well but might make you drowsy otherwise one can try allegra, claritin, or zyrtec. If one already has a nasal steroid spray perscribe (like fluticasone) that can help a bit as can a nasal anti-histamine spray. If this is a recurring event, a visit to an allergist will be helpful. ...Read more
Should not be ruined: Allergic reactions don't often ruin the eyes. Chemical alkali burns/solutions can damage eyes permanently. So could certain inflammatory conditions that are left unchecked. But seasonal allergy don't hurt the eye, and are not permanent. If your lids are swollen, see an eye doctor soon for treatment. ...Read more
Side effects: It sounds more like a adverse effects of the medication but not an allergic reaction. If the medication you are taking has anticholinergic property, it will cause dry mouth, dry eyes. If it crosses the blood brain barrier, it can cause drowsiness. Medication allergies can presents with a variety of symptoms: hives, skin rashes, fever, abdominal pain, join pain, or anaphylaxis... ...Read more
You don't: Symptoms of both conditions can mimick each other. Every red eye is not infected and every itchy eye is not allergic. An ophthalmologist can observe paillary/follicular/mucopurulent/toxic/dessicant conditions on the ocular surface to determine your condition. Need an exam. ...Read more
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Eye puffiness: Puffiness of the eyelids is a common symptom of allergies. This is usually accompanied by itchy, red and tearing eyes. It can also be a part of a more generalized allergic reaction with hives. With allergies, the vision should not be affected and symptoms should improve gradually with antihistamines. There are other reasons for eye swelling that should be evaluated for by an eye doctor. ...Read more
Possible: It depends on which eye gets exposed. Usually, both eyes get exposed, so allergic reactions are commonly bilateral, but if only one gets exposed then you will get it in one eye. ...Read more
The skin around my eyes got inflamed, red and flaky now it has turned dried and flaky. I do not believe this is an allergic reaction but internal?
"internal"?: Most often this will be atopic dermatitis [eczema]. Sometimes contact dermatitis, either irritant or allergic. There are other, less likely possibilities. Itch? Burning sensation? See a dermatologist if it persists more than a few days. Meanwhile you could use Aquaphor or vaseline. ...Read more
Cool compresses: First, remove the offending product, then start with some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally and then use cool compresses 15-30 minutes 4 times daily to soothe the area. You can also safely apply some 1% Hydrocortisone cream from the pharmacy carefully to the skin around the eye. ...Read more
Naphcon A eye drops: Need to remove fake eyelashes and remove glue washing eyelids with vaby johnson shampoo, cold compresses 4 times a day. Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) oral. Apply naphcon a eyedrops around the lid margins 4 times a day for 5 days. Glue takes sometimes 3 to 5 days to come off the skin. Do not apply glue again. See ophthalmologist if not better in 24 hours. ...Read more
Pink eye: A good question. Pink eye occasionally is caused by alelergy or chemicals but usually spreads from hand to eye as a virus. Less commonly a bacteria. They can look similar but the pink eye often goes away in 7 to 10 days whereas allergic eye problems may persist. There is more discolored eye drainage from a viral pink eye than from an allergic conjuctivitis. ...Read more
Don't use it again: You can test any creams or lotions you might use on your kid by applying some to the pad of a bandaid. Place on a skin surface where s/he cannot mess with it and check the area over the next 24 hrs. If there is no reaction at the site, that cream/lotion should not be a problem. ...Read more
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