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How Do You Reduce Swollen Allergy Eyes
Medicated OTC drops: Drops containing ketotifen ophthalmic, zaditor, alaway, etc, are often more effective than artificial tears or murine, if symptoms are severe. Also consider otc antihistamines, but avoid the ones with decongestants, as these can dry out your eyes. See an ophthalmolgist or eyemd if you are not improving in a few days, as there are stronger prescription eyedrops available if the otc does not work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
What should I do about my 5 yr. Olds itchy, red and swollen allergy eyes ? Over the counter eye drops don't help. He takes benedrly and zyrtec (cetirizine)
See an eye doctor: There are prescription medications that will likely help. Either an antihistamine, or antihistamine combination drop, steroid eye drops are sometimes used acutely for relief. See your ophthalmologist, ask not only for a treatmen, but a plan - what you can do on your own when your child has an exacerbation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shiners: That term is used to refer to the redness that develops when allergic people get exposed to the allergens to which they're allergic, but more commonly referred to "allergic shiners". This is the dark circles under the eyes that result from nasal congestion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Some people have itchy eyes from irritants & dollar store eye drops/artificial tears wash will do fine. That can also work for some allergic eye issues by washing out the pollen/etc. Allergan makes an OTC "Zadator" which some find helpful. There are others but some try several before they find one that helps and fits their budget. ...Read more
Flushing with water: Washing the eyelids with lots of water or using a contact lens solution to rinse the eyes can be very helpful when your eyes are really itching and watering. Cool, wet towels on the eyes can also relieve some of the itching. These may not give complete relief though, and that's the time when you need medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
?: 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
Eye allergy: Over the counter, alaway ; zaditor are safe for long term use. Other eye drops are fine for short term as long as you don't have issues that would Prohibit you from use of decongestants. Besides allergen avoidance, tear replacement to help with dry eye, and good eye wear protection, patanol/pataday, optivar, bepreve, elestat, and Lastacaft (alcaftadine) are usual choices. Some burn or tingle with application. ...Read more
Is patanol (olopatadine) and alaway the same group? I have allergy eyes. Itching , red, dry. Which one to use first or how?
Yes: Alaway & Patanol (olopatadine) are both topical ocular antihistamines. Both useful for itchy, watery eyes once to twice daily. Coincident with ocular allergies is dry eye symptoms, which can be augmented by systemic antihistamine/decongestant treatment. I recommend using both the antihistamine eye drops as prescribed & adjunctive artificial tears at intervals in between for comfort. ...Read more
Bad allergy eyes, have dark circles, i'm times puffy but most of all I have little white dots underneath my eyes and on my eyelids where eyelash grow?
See eye doctor: since the white dots may be from an infection. However the darks cycles may be from severe and chronic nasal congestion in which case an allergist may be of more help to you. ...Read more
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