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Antihistamine Eye Drops Over The Counter
Extended: First. Some people have too much butning or swelling from the drops and can;t take them. Secondly make sure sure they are not steroid related as cheonic side effects will occur. Otherwise you may be on orinary antihistamine eye drops for an extended period of time with no side effects. ...Read more
Not effective: Will not hurt but will not help. ...Read more
What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.
Patanol (olopatadine): I prefer patanol (olopatadine) drops. There are others which are similar. The important thing is to wash your face with a cool wash cloth before applying to remove any lingering allergens from your facial skin and around your eyes. This helps my patients a great deal. If you're not better with drops see an allergist for testing, you may want to consider allergy shots. ...Read more
24 hours of a puffy eyelid - no itchiness, redness, or oozing. Took an antihistamine/used cold compresses/OTC eye drops to no avail. What to do?
Swollen eyelids: We have no pictures to evaluate. It may be an infection, Blepharochalasis, contact dermatitis, trauma etc. Is it one sided or bilateral? What antihistamine did you take and how long ago? You are encouraged to consult through HealthTap prime for a relevant evaluation or seek medical attention locally. ...Read more
Burning itchy eyes. Not allergic but taking prescribed antihistamines and eye drops. Feels like sand in eyes but no injury occurred.
Dry eye is treated:
Differently from other issues such as ocular inflammation or allergies. But, they commonly can present with the same symptoms. Usually lubricating eye drops are first line therapy for dry eyes. Studies have shown that Omega-3 supplements may help as well. We can also place punctual plugs and use topical cyclosporine
ophthalmic emulsion drops are some of many potential treatments. ...Read more
Yes: The two medications are different classes, the former is for a bacterial eye infection, and the later is for the itching that occurs with allergies. A caveat would be if you are trying to decrease some untoward side effect of too much polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) use, which can cause a contact dermatitis and conjunctivitis. I'd make sure that you follow up with your eye doctor if you are still experiencing eye issu. ...Read more
When I put in eye drops (lubricant, antihistamine, any kind) eyes "react" and burn, sting, get watery and get red before clearing up. Why?
Can happen: Several eye drops are known to cause stinging or burning in eye when initially applied. This can make you feel that eye seems to be more red. As long as the symptoms go away, I wouldn't worry about it at all. ...Read more
Does allergic conjunctivitis respond to the eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis? And vice versa does bacterial respond to antihistamine drops?
If it is a bacterial infection, it should only respond to antibiotics much like allergic conjunctivitis should only respond to only allergy drop like antihistamine/and or mast cell stabilizer drop. However some infections can cause itchiness in which case an allergy drop is added in addition to an antibiotic drop. For further info/rx, feel free to consult me at healthtap. Com/rebeccamammo
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I have welts on my neck after resting my head on a wool pillow. My upper lip is also swollen. I am taking over-the-counter antihistamines.?
Allergy?: Could be an allergy to wool, especially if antihistamines are helping. But hives and swelling could be due to a variety of things including food allergy, medication alley, insect sting, viral infection, or exposure related allergy like the wool. If not improving in a few days see doc ...Read more
No: This is a prescriptive only iris dilator. Why would you want to use this without the advice of your ophthalmologist anyway? It is one of the common chair side drops used for diagnosis and occasional treatment. ...Read more
No: They are not available without prescription.Get a more detailed answer ›
None: Alrex (loteprednol) is a steroid. No steroid is available over the counter as you should be following up with an eye doctor when using them. Alrex (loteprednol) is most commonly used for allergies. There are other allergy medications available over the counter (alaway, zaditor) but they do not work the same way as alrex (loteprednol). ...Read more
My husband works on laptop for 13-14 hours almost daily. Please suggest some over-the-counter eye drops to comfort his computer strained eyes.
Several: As you have discovered, computer work is drying due to low blink rate and the dry atmosphere in offices. Good lubricating drops are helpful. Systane and Refresh are among the best. But always try several others as each individual is different and there may be a "perfect" drop for your husband out there. ...Read more
Warm compresses: To the eyeGet a more detailed answer ›
None OTC: Sorry, the current eye pressure lowering drops require a prescription. ...Read more
Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms?, which eye drops do both?
Provide relief: OTC eyedrops supplement what is missing from your natural tears (volume, composition). They are not curative or a treatment of the underlying pathology. There is no actual permanent treatment. Restasis, a prescription drops for dry eyes, eliminates inflammatory causes for low tear flow but it also is not a cure. Dry eyes are chronic with ups and downs depending upon many factors. ...Read more
Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?
"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease (glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Treatment depends on the cause and your primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Over the counter allergy treatments are available, but most causes require Rx, intervention or observation. ...Read more
When my eyes feel dry, what is the better choice of over-the-counter eye drops to buy? I don't usually need/wear my glasses everyday/all day.
Non-preservative: Non-preservative-containing eye drops are recommended, but evaluation for underlying cause is important. ...Read more
No: No otc meds can change the color of your sclera. ...Read more
I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?
Tears: Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
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