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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
Cool pack, etc...: Some people have darker lower lids because the skin there has more color. For women, make-up can help. Some people have puffiness due to extra blood in the tiny blood vessels in the skin. If this is from allergies or sinusitis, a doctor can treat it. It can also be from fatigue, crying, or eye irritation, in which case otc decongestant "get-the-red-out" eye drops (for less than 1-2 days) can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Correct fat /fluid: Typical age related swelling is due to loosening of overlying skin or it can be from excess fluid in the body. Hence swelling is worst in the morning due to lying flat, fluid just collects in the loose skin and underlying fat while asleep. The stretching and loosening of skin and underlying fat requires blepharoplasty (cosmetic eye lid surgery) however check with md for kidney function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: It is important to establish whether this is seasonal or year round. Are there any foods that make it worse (possible oral allergy syndrome)? Your family history, physical exam , skin test are also needed to make a diagnosis . Treatment will be determined after these work up . Making some suggestions to relieve itchy throat are not without risks. Please see a board certified allergy specialist ...Read more
Swollen eye: Keep head elevated (rather than lying flat); apply cool compresses or ice wrapped in soft cloth for few minutes multiple times a day. If you don't have ulcers or bleeding problems or aren't on blood thinners, you can use an NSAID (advil/motrin/aleve/etc) as directed for pain & inflammation. If there was bruising, expect the discoloration to follow the pull of gravity down your face & gradually dis. ...Read more
Histamine release: A person has allergies if his immune system over-reacts to certain types of pollen, and the histamine (and other chemicals) released by his immune system causes itching, runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing, cough, lots of mucus, etc... The treatment is avoidance of pollen, and use of oral or eye-drop antihistamines, and nasal steroids. For bad eye allergies, eye doctors prescribe eye-drop steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have puffy, itchy, runny eyes. What's the best over-the-counter med for eye allergies?
Zaditor (ketotifen): If that doesn't help there are rx options. ...Read more
Eye allergies: Allergic conjunctivitis can be very uncomfortable and at times difficult to treat. Many allergy eye drops are non-steroid and can be helpful. If these are not helpful, it is useful to seek advice from an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) for a closer look to make sure there is not something more than allergies triggering symptoms. If not they have stronger eye drops available. ...Read more
Cool compresses: Depending on the cause of the swelling, cool or cold compresses can help a lot. If an infection is causing the swelling, further treatment may be needed. Blepharitis is a common cause of eyelid swelling, you can get more info: http://www.2020vision.Com/blepharitis.Html. ...Read more
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