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I woke up with a black eye, but I never suffered from face trauma. Could this be related to my allergies?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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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.

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

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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?

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?

Probably not: An allergic reaction should not lead to herpes...But wondering what was allergic reaction and if you know you had herpes in past (ie.? Same raah you had before) however if it doesn't look like prior "rash" (or never had herpres) see your dr. If doesn't get better. ...Read more

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How can I cure allergic reaction, puffed up eyes?

How can I cure allergic reaction, puffed up eyes?

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

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What do you suggest if I had an allergic reaction and now my eyes are ruined?

What do you suggest if I had an allergic reaction and now my eyes are ruined?

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

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What can I do if I had an allergic reaction to eye cream?

What can I do if I had an allergic reaction to eye cream?

Allergic reaction: If you feel you have an allergic reaction to an eye cream, stop the cream. If the cream is a prescription medication check back with the prescribing doctor regarding the reaction. Moist warm compresses will provide temporary relief. ...Read more

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I am having irritated and dry eyes from a medication, could this be an allergic reaction?

I am having irritated and dry eyes from a medication, could this be an allergic reaction?

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

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How to know if I have pink eye or is this an allergic reaction?

How to know if I have pink eye or is this an allergic reaction?

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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My eyes are swelling shut. Am I having an allergic reaction?

My eyes are swelling shut. Am I having an allergic reaction?

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

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Is it common to have an allergic reaction in only one eye?

Is it common to have an allergic reaction in only one eye?

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

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Can you get an allergic reaction to a cat the next day with swelling of the eyes and face?

YES: 10% of general population are allergic to dogs and. ... As many as 30% are allergic to cats. Take otc allergy med like loratidine or cyterizine. If concerned, see your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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For the past 3 days I have noticed under my eyes it was swollen and itchy. At times it would even get flaky. Is it an allergic reaction?

Possibly yes: It could be eczema. It is hard to diagnose it without looking at it but eczema is a skin rash that is dry, red, flakey and itchy. It responds to steroid creams but use steroids on the face cautiously as it may cause side effects like thinning the skin and color change. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What can I do about an allergic reaction to eye makeup?

What can I do about an allergic reaction to eye makeup?

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

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What can I take for irritated swollen eyes after allergic reaction?

What can I take for irritated swollen eyes after allergic reaction?

Treatment options: Try an antihistamine like zyrtec or Claritin and add some eye drops. Zaditor (ketotifen) is very good for allergies. It there is discharge, change in vision or pain then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction from eyelash glue, what OTC eye solution can I use?

Allergic reaction from eyelash glue, what OTC eye solution can I use?

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

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How do I tell the difference between pink eye and an allergic reaction?

How do I tell the difference between pink eye and an allergic reaction?

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

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My toddler had an allergic reaction to eye cream, what do you recommend?

My toddler had an allergic reaction to eye cream, what do you recommend?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more