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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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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 had an allergic reaction to eye makeup and my eyes have been bloodshot red for 2 days. They don't hurt as much now but when will the redness go away?

I had an allergic reaction to eye makeup and my eyes have been bloodshot red for 2 days. They don't hurt as much now but when will the redness go away?

Red eyes: The make up should cause a reaction on the eyelid, not usually inside the eye. If your eye redness continues, you need to see your doctor or an eye doctor if the problem is limited to the eyes. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to makeup. My eyes are red swollen and itchy. I have both benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin, which would be better to take?

I had an allergic reaction to makeup. My eyes are red swollen and itchy. I have both benadryl (diphenhydramine) and claritin, which would be better to take?

Contact dermatitis: Sounds like you are suffering from allergic contact dermatitis from makeup product. OTC antihistamines can help with itch but the best treatment for contact dermatitis is topical corticosteroid creams. Talk with your doctor and consider scheduling patch testing with an allergist to determine your sensitivities so you can avoid this reaction in the future. ...Read more

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I had a reaction to eye makeup in jan. My eyelids got red& swollen.Ever since thenmy eyelids turn red when i wear eyeshadow.What will heal my eyelid

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I had a reaction to eye makeup in jan.  My eyelids got red& swollen.Ever since thenmy eyelids turn red when i wear eyeshadow.What will heal my eyelid

Allergic reaction: It sounds like you have a contact sensitivity to some component of the eye shadow. You can try different brands, but there is no "healing" involved; just avoid exposure to the same eyeshadow. ...Read more

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Allergic conjunctivitis--do I need to throw out all my eye makeup :(?

Allergic conjunctivitis--do I need to throw out all my eye makeup :(?

Allergic Conjunctivi: If the cause of your allergic conjunctivitis is makeup than you have to discard what you were using and replace it with different based make up.You will have to check the ingredients in the one you were using.Yes replace it. ...Read more

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Can I use eye makeup if I have pterygium?

Can I use eye makeup if I have pterygium?

Yes: Prevention is key remedy. Avoid sun (sunglasses, hat); avoid smoking. Natural rx info: see eyedoc2020.blogspot.com; Other ways to help decrease symptoms: cold artificial tears, nsaid drops, low dose or hi dose steroids (though risk of glaucoma, cataract); surgery is only real way to remove/cure: though 5-15% risk of recurrence. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Should i throw out my eye makeup after having conjuctivitis ?

Should i throw out my eye makeup after having conjuctivitis ?

Yes.: If you don't, it may becontaminated and you could re-infect yourself. ...Read more

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Can I use eye makeup and foundation if I have severe eye allergy?

Can I use eye makeup and foundation if I have severe eye allergy?

Get controlled first: In order to successfully wear makeup around the eyes, you must first control the allergy. Even if your cosmetics are not the cause, they can create more irritation and make the allergic reaction seem worse. An eye doctor can evaluate the condition and prescribe antihistamine eye drops, as well as provide you with suggestions to help get you back to wearing makeup. ...Read more

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When can you start wearing eye makeup after you have had pink eye?

When can you start wearing eye makeup after you have had pink eye?

After: It is reasonable to start wearing makeup after your symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are 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