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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
2 weeks: At least 2 weeks of therapy should be allowed in order to assess efficacy. ...Read more
Red eye: Pink eye is usually due to a bacterial infection, the lids get mattery, crusty, and stuck shut. Allergies make the surface of the eye red and produce a clear watery discharge, and is usually associated with some itching, and if you rub the eye you can get it secondarily infected and end up with a pink eye condition in addition. A cold is associated with a clear discharge and it can be infected. ...Read more
Yes: Yes and yes. As always caution if pregnant. ...Read more
I read that fexofenadine is better than loratadine for allergies is this true? Is this also true for chronic allergy eye?
Allergy eye drops needs to be absorbed and soaked in for it to work or it just enough to hit the surface of the eye externally?
Made you blink!: My patients find the best method is lying on their back facing upward, eyelids closed, and placing a drop at the edge of the lid near the nose and letting it roll into the eye slowly. Otherwise standing up, tipping head back and dropping it in is hit or miss; good chance eyelashes will blink the drop away - like Nadal poaching away a weakly hit groundstroke (except yesterday at the French Open!). ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Depends on which one: Most allergy eye drops are category c which means either no studies have been done or they have seen evidence of animal effects but no human effects. You must weigh the risk and benefits. First you may want to start by using saline drops liberally several times a day, cool compresses to help with the itching. This may be enough to help. You may also consider zyrtec eye drops or Claritin (loratadine) eye drops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Those 3 are very similar when it comes to symptoms, however on an eye exam, they are very different. Usually the primary care doctors give anti allergy drops for all 3 and if it doesn't work them they send it to an eye doctor. However, keep in mind that pink eye is contagious, so you want to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Hurts the eye: Actually, the benzalkonium chloride preservative can damage the cornea. This is not usually a concern because the bac gets washed out of the eye before it can cause any harm, but if you use the drops with contacts, the contact lenses hold the preservative onto the cornea for long enough to cause damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Patanol (olopatadine) doesn't become less effective with use and tolerance doesn't develop. No medications used to treat allergies develop tolerance. This only occurs with a small number of meds, usually those affecting nervous system, e.g. Pain killers, sedatives, sleeping pills, etc. Probably you are being exposed to more pollen, dust, etc. And your symptoms are worse. ...Read more
Yes: Topical antihistamine agents are generally very effective for treatment of seasonal allergy eye conditions. However, as the season progresses, they often lose their effect. That does not make this "bad" medicine; rather, it probably attests to the severity of allergies that you have. ...Read more
What allergy eye drops can I purchase to relieve itchy eyes due to the high pollen count during the summer?
Antihistamine: While lubricating drops help some, antihistamines drops do the most for eye allergy symptoms, including itching & watering. There are many over-the-counter antihistamine products to choose from. Older products may be combined with decongestants which decrease redness; however, overuse of these products may cause increased rebound redness. Plain antihistamine drops are your best bet for itching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For months my eye has been irritated when i put on contacts went to eye doc he gave me allergy eye drops & igave my eyes a 2wk break from contacts.
Severe itching in rt eye. Upper lid is swelling and red. Going on for a month now it comes and goes. DR said allergies. Allergy eye drops not working?
Have red scaly unclaimed area about 1/2 in under my left eye... Is there anything i can put on to help? Tried allergy eye drops. Also put some cortiso
Try an ointment: Try either to moisturize the area (a light coat of vasaline or similar gel or lacrilube (artificial tears) ointment) or use a ophthalmic coating (such as Bacitracin or neosporin). If relief does not follow, see either your primary doctor or ophthalmologist or dermatologist. ...Read more