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Doctor insights on: Conjunctivitis Vs Allergies

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I can't tell if I have conjunctivitis or allergies?

I can't tell if I have conjunctivitis or allergies?

Onset and duration: Allergies usually begin in both eyes simultaneously, causing itching and some tearing. They may cause mild redness. There are many kinds of conjunctivitis, but most start on one side, then may spread to the other in a day or two. See an ophthalmologist for a physical exam and further recommendations. ...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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How can you tell whether conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, virus, or bacteria?

How can you tell whether conjunctivitis is caused by allergies, virus, or bacteria?

It is difficult: This is something that is best left to the professionals. Although we are taught about signs that are specific to each form of conjunctivitis, they can sometimes overlap or not be present at all. An eye doctor can look at the history of your illness and perform a careful examination to determine the most likely cause. ...Read more

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What medication do I treat conjunctivitis with? I do not know the cause (allergy/virus, etc). Seeing a doctor is not an option.

What medication do I treat conjunctivitis with? I do not know the cause (allergy/virus, etc). Seeing a doctor is not an option.

Better see doctor: If it is only pink eye and only watery discharge then it may be due to allergy or virus.But if there is greenish yellow discharge from eyes ,that means infection . Either way better see the doctor who can decide what do you have and what medicine you need . ...Read more

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Which allergy pills are better for someone with allergic conjunctivitis and dry eyes?

Which allergy pills are better for someone with allergic conjunctivitis and dry eyes?

?: Any of the 2nd generation less sedating antihistamines would do, can't tell which one would work in your case, but if it works, you need to take it regularly, read the labels carefully. You ultimately need to see your doctor / ophthalmologist as you mentioned dryness and redness too which can be something else other than just allergies, meanwhile use lubricant aye drops/artificial tears ...Read more

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Why are my eyes always red in the morning if i go to sleep early? I have no allergies and it's not conjunctivitis?

Why are my eyes always red in the morning if i go to sleep early? I have no allergies and it's not conjunctivitis?

Allergies: You could be allergic to something in your room or bedding. This also could be dry eyes that worsen at night since there is little tear release while you sleep. Try an over the counter tear gel before going to bed and see if this helps. ...Read more

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If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

If i've conjunctivitis allergy, can it heal by allergy injection therapy ?Tried allergy meds : allegysal, patanol (olopatadine) and avil, Claritin loratadine, please help

Yes: Treatment of allergic conjunctivitis starts with eliminating or avoiding the allergen as well as rinsing the allergen from your eyes with plain water (reduces the allergen load). Allergy shots can help as can oral allergy meds. There are eye drops that help a great deal also. Steroid eye drops are very effective but are not used long term due to risk of glaucoma and cataract. ...Read more

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4 yo. Watery discharge from eyes, mostly colorless. Eyelids closed when waking up in am. 2nd day. How do I make sure its conjunctivitis or an allergy?

4 yo. Watery discharge from eyes, mostly colorless. Eyelids closed when waking up in am. 2nd day. How do I make sure its conjunctivitis or an allergy?

Can be tricky: The difference between allergy eyes and pink eye is generally that pink eye has thicker drainage that is usually yellow or green and also there is usually an outbreak in daycare or in the family that you can trace the infection to and allergy eye has more watery drainage like you are describing and you may notice your child rubbing at the eyes and also having an itchy nose. Here is a good link! http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/conjunctivitis ...Read more

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Allergic conjunctivitis on eyes, if i get allergy injection therapy, will it be injected on eye or another bodypart ? N how long the theraphy i should?

Allergic conjunctivitis on eyes, if i get allergy injection therapy, will it  be injected on eye or another bodypart ? N how long the theraphy i should?

In the arm: Like most injections/vaccinations, these are given in the upper arm. Allergy shots can take up to 2 years to become effective. Allergy therapy is also given as a liquid administered under the tongue. ...Read more

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Allergic conjunctivitis?- itchy, dry eyes, alaway doesn't help. Cloudy vision. And swelling of conjunctiva. Ragweed. Hypersensitive for allergy shots.

Allergic conjunctivitis?- itchy, dry eyes, alaway doesn't help. Cloudy vision. And swelling of conjunctiva. Ragweed. Hypersensitive for allergy shots.

See allergist: There are several antihistamine eye drops you can try including one called zaditor (ketotifen) sold otc. However you may need to see an allergist if the problem continues. If you mean that you cannot tolerate allergy shots, i would urge you to get a 2nd opinion since this is quite rare. ...Read more

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My 15 month old has recurring bronchiolitis (not severe), recurring conjunctivitis, a persistent cough & constant blocked nose or runny nose. Allergy?

My 15 month old has recurring bronchiolitis (not severe), recurring conjunctivitis, a persistent cough & constant blocked nose or runny nose. Allergy?

Likely asthma: It is likely asthma especially if there is a history of allergic diseases in the family. I would suggest that you consult an allergist. ...Read more

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15 month old - persistent cough, past bronchiolitis, constant ear infections, runny or blocked nose & persistent conjunctivitis. Allergies????

15 month old - persistent cough, past bronchiolitis, constant ear infections, runny or blocked nose & persistent conjunctivitis.  Allergies????

To tease out all : these chronic symptoms requires a history of environmental factors like passive smoking, attendance at daycare, drinking from a bottle while supine, etc.; family history of asthma & allergies; past response to infections, etc.The most likely reason for the chronic cough is asthma, aka Reactive Airway Disease, that requires bronchodilators. Seek referral to a Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pink eye or just an allergy?

How to know if I have pink eye or just an allergy?

A few clues to this: Pink eye is an infection with rapid onset, usually in one eye and then spreading to the other with a clear discharge and a sensation of sandy eye feeling. Allergy is episodic, seasonal, usually both eyes, with itching and sometimes lid swelling. Neither usually affect the vision. Sometimes the symptoms overlap. You might need an ophthalmologist to make the distinction. ...Read more

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Pink eye or allergies, how can I tell the difference?

Sometimes difficult: This is sometimes difficult even for experts. Generally allergies have more itching than pink eye and occur in people have allergic symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and so forth. You can try over-the-counter antihistamine drops such as zaditor (ketotifen). If this does not help, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between allergies and pink eye?

Both eyes vs 1 eye: Not a hard fast rule but usually allergies affect both eyes at the same time and is intensely itchy. Viral or bacterial conjunctivitis usually affects one eye first and not that itchy. An infected eye also may produce mucous or pus like secretions. ...Read more

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What can I do to ease the pain of pink eye due to allergies?

Allerg conjunctivits: You state you have allergic conjunctivitis. First, prevention is huge. If you know what sets you off and it is avoidable, like staying away from cats, etc, then do that. Next, use cool compresses on your eyes 5-10 minutes each hour. Artificial tears may also feel good. Then, get treatment. A prescription anti-allergy drop like Patanol (olopatadine) will go a long way in relieving symptoms. Avoid rubbing eyes. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more