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Is it normal for my eyes to be itchy when I cry?

Is it normal for my eyes to be itchy when I cry?

It can be: Tears contain multiple ingredients, some of which can be irritating in large enough quantities. Additionally, when people cry, they often rub their eyes, which creates a reaction that is similar to what occurs during an allergic reaction. This may be the main cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Mease
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Why do my eyes feel itchy when I cry?

Why do my eyes feel itchy when I cry?

Itchy tears: Tears contain a variety of important proteins and factors that make them the ideal ocular lubricant and protection. Tears produced in crying are made by lacrimal glands and accessory tear glands capable of profuse tear production that is different than the baseline secretion of tears. Differences in this composition may account for the itchiness. Be sure to check for blepharitis. ...Read more

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What can be done for itchy red dry eyes after crying?

What can be done for itchy red dry eyes after crying?

Red eyes: After crying often get better spontaneously. However, you can help them feel better more quickly by instilling some artificial tears into your eyes. ...Read more

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My eyes cry and are very itchy. I have allergies since its that time of year. I'm taking Claritin (loratadine) which seems to help. Advice?

My eyes cry and are very itchy. I have allergies since its that time of year. I'm taking Claritin (loratadine) which seems to help. Advice?

Try drop: You may also try antihistamine-containing eye drops. But if problem not controlled with drop or antihistamine, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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My daughters been having an itchy eye and face and all she does is cry what can I do or give her?

My daughters been having an itchy eye and face and all she does is cry what can I do or give her?

See a Dr.: Not sure how old your daughter is. Could be allergies or some other ailment. Why give her something without hopefully knowing the cause. See a md/do. ...Read more

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Why is the inner corner of my right eye red there is no pain or itchiness but crying causes a burning sensation? It has been like this for a month.

Why is the inner corner of my right eye red there is no pain or itchiness but crying causes a burning sensation? It has been like this for a month.

CONSULT EYE DOCTOR: If it has been thereo a mnth and is causing burning, get it checked by your ophthalmology or your orimary doctor. ...Read more

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Spent all day crying yestrdy. I woke up today with my lower eyelids puffy swollen and crusty, and a little itchy. Can excess crying cause pink eye?

Spent all day crying yestrdy. I woke up today with my lower eyelids puffy swollen and crusty, and a little itchy. Can excess crying cause pink eye?

Eyelid edema: Following intense emotional situations with crying, runny nose, and lots of wiping eyelids and nose secretions, the eyelids often swell, eyes look red, and the ocular surface may be slightly irritated. Mucous is generated by the eye in response to the irritation. Sometimes contamination can be introduced into the eye with all the wiping. Not usually an infection results, but if worse, see eye doc. ...Read more

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I've been crying a lot, and now my left eye is flaky, red, itchy. The skin under does not look bruised or red. It also appears to have lost elasticity?

I've been crying a lot, and now my left eye is flaky, red, itchy. The skin under does not look bruised or red. It also appears to have lost elasticity?

Like chapped lips: Frequent tear overflow can wash away skin oils and protectants and cause surface damage similar to the chapping that lips sometimes suffer. One would hope that what ever the reason for the sadness is now over. But if the crying persists, you might protect the skin with emollient cream or vaseline which will protect it from the effects of the tears. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my eyes to be itchy at a gas station?

Gas: The fumes from the gasoline may trigger an allergic response. This in turn can cause eye itching. Try some artificial tears if the itching persists. If this is not effective, call your local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my eyes to get red and itchy every time the weather changes?

Is it normal for my eyes to get red and itchy every time the weather changes?

No: Sounds like you have an eye allergy. Best to see your ophthalmologist for a diagnosis since allergies can be see with changes in wind and humidity. Dry eye can also make the symptoms of eye allergy worse. Try some artificial tears to see if this makes a difference. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the skin around my eyes to be itchy?

Is it normal for the skin around my eyes to be itchy?

NO: Itching is usually a sign of allergy. This may be due to environmental factors or occasionally irritation from a chronically tearing eye. Best to make a list of all the things you use on your skin and see your ophthalmologist for a systematic treatment plan and identification of the allergens. Also may be due to dry eyes and eczema. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my eyes to feel itchy when waking up in the morning?

Is it normal for my eyes to feel itchy when waking up in the morning?

No: Could have allergies, blepharitis, dry eye, foreign body, infection, lid malposition, eyelash misdirection, environment irritants, etc. ...Read more

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My eyes can get extremely itchy because of my hayfever. But I at times they hurt and water a lot (making my vision burry) Is this normal for hayfever?

My eyes can get extremely itchy because of my hayfever. But I at times they hurt and water a lot (making my vision burry) Is this normal for hayfever?

Expected: You want to see your doctor / eye doctor for prescription medications to control those symptoms, meanwhile use OTC antihistamines regularly, but read the labels carefully, better use the newer generation, less sedating ones as loratadine or fexofenadine, try not to rub your eyes, and wash your eyes with running water, good luck ...Read more

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Is it normal to have itchy eyes when wearing contacts?

Is it normal to have itchy eyes when wearing contacts?

No: Could have an allergic reaction to the contact lens or solution. May have something like giant papillary conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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My eyes get really itchy and irritated when I take my contacts off. Is this normal?

My eyes get really itchy and irritated when I take my contacts off. Is this normal?

No: Could relate to contacts lens issues such as allergies, poor fit, overwear, solution intolerance, giant papillary conjunctivitis, etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get red and itchy eyes when wearing contact lenses for more than 8 hours?

Is it normal to get red and itchy eyes when wearing contact lenses for more than 8 hours?

Contact lenses: It may not be "normal" but it sure is common. Contact lenses can irritate the eyes due to dryness, allergy or poor material or fit. Sometimes contact lens intolerance can develop. It is important to have the underlying condition treated (allergy etc.) and to be sure that the fit, material and handling are all optimized and to minimize use time if possible. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get burning itchy eyes after getting contact lenses for the first time I also keep getting white stuff come out how can I treat this?

Is it normal to get burning itchy eyes after getting contact lenses for the first time I also keep getting white stuff come out how can I treat this?

Adaptation: Contact lens wear comfort takes adaptation. First of all, The lens should feel comfortable in the eye. Proper fitting is essential. Vision should b clear after lens settles. Starting out with low wear time (2hours) & slowly building helps. Excessive irritation/itchiness/mucous is a sign of improper fit, or sensitivity to the lens or contact solutions, or environ. Allergies. Tell your Eye doc. ...Read more

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My eyes get watery and itchy when I start reading a book. Is this normal?

My eyes get watery and itchy when I start reading a book. Is this normal?

It may be dry eyes: If this symptom does not occur at any other time, it is likely related to dry eyes or the need for reading glasses. Although itchy eyes are often a sign of allergies, they would occur throughout the day. If you try artificial tears several times per day and still have these symptoms see an eye doctor who will evaluate your vision and overall eye health. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a girl to have itchy eyes when straightening her hair?

Is it normal for a girl to have itchy eyes when straightening her hair?

Itchy eyes: If you are using hairspray or other chemical products to straighten your hair, you may be having an allergic response to the product. This may be affecting your eyes. You may want to use a different hair product, and obtain some artificial tears, such as theratears or systane, to use in the eyes. If this does not help, seek help from a local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Seems to be having allergy as spring has started. Had 2 Claritin 24 in the last 48 hours. However still have itchy eyes. Is it normal and can I contin?

Seems to be having allergy as spring has started. Had 2 Claritin 24 in the last 48 hours. However still have itchy eyes. Is it normal and can I contin?

Itchy eyes: With uncontrolled allergy during a problem season, we commonly see itchy eyes for one of two reasons. Either the eyes are excessively dry due to antihistamine use, a common side effect. This is combated by adjusting the antihistamine dose or using artificial tears. If due to allergy, the eyes are both itchy AND watering. OTC eye drops for allergy may help in this case. ...Read more

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I get a bubble on my eyeball after a sever allergy attack. Is this a normal reaction? I'm allergic to cat dander and when I'm exposed to them my eyes get itchy and watery. However over the past year I've noticed a bubble of fluid on my left eyeball while

I get a bubble on my eyeball after a sever allergy attack. Is this a normal reaction? I'm allergic to cat dander and when I'm exposed to them my eyes get itchy and watery. However over the past year I've noticed a bubble of fluid on my left eyeball while

This: This type of swelling occurs in the clear covering over the white part of the eye. This clear layer is called the conjunctiva, and it has cells that produce tears, mucous and oils to keep the surface of the eye moist

when these cells get over-stimulated, they can over-produce fluids, and this fluid can get trapped between the conjunctiva and the sclera (the white layer), so a bubble forms.

Usually, this bubble will go away as you get better, but if it is irritating, or if it lasts longer, you should see an ophthalmologist (optometrists are not medical doctors, and most cannot prescribe medications) who can prescribe an anti-allergy drop such as patanol, Pataday or bepreve (bepotastine besilate). I often find that this is not sufficient, and a short course of steroid eye drops works better. These must be used with care, under the guidance of your doctor.

One last note, please don't press on that bubble, or put anything else in your eye! This can make it more irritated, or cause other problems. ...Read more

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I have diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthristis and currently on Predsinone and Plasmoquine. Ever since been diagnosed and on this medication I struggle with headaches and red, dry, itchy painful eyes and get blurred vision at times. Is this normal?

I have diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthristis and currently on Predsinone and Plasmoquine. Ever since been diagnosed and on this medication I struggle with headaches and red, dry, itchy painful eyes and get blurred vision at times. Is this normal?

Call rheuma now: Since Plasmoquine may cause permanent damage to your eyes, you need to stop it right now and contact your rheumatologist for an alternate medication. An eye doctor consult may also be needed. What you have is not normal. ...Read more

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I get itchy nose and eyes when I drink alcohol. Is this normal?

I get itchy nose and eyes when I drink alcohol. Is this normal?

Itchy eyes: You may have an allergic response to the alcohol or a preservative in the alcohol. As long as you have no shortness of breath, it is ok to try some artificial tears, or an allergy drop such as zaditor (ketotifen) (over the counter). If symptoms persist, call your local ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from severe allergies n sinusitis. I have itchy eyes n nose n have developed bumps under my eyes. My normal antihistamines r not working?

I'm suffering from severe allergies n sinusitis. I have itchy eyes n nose n have developed bumps under my eyes. My normal antihistamines r not working?

Allergic Rhinitis: Suggest Nasal corticosteroid as preventer eg Omnair, with daily non sedating antihistamine eg Telfast and if still persistent, can add montelukast inhibitor eg Monteair 10 mg nocte. ...Read more

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Do I need epi pen? I have severe cat allrgies normally my eyes swell shut, itchy watery eyes and nose. Today throat itchy tingly swollen lips?

Do I need epi pen? I have severe cat allrgies normally my eyes swell shut, itchy watery eyes and nose. Today throat itchy tingly swollen lips?

Yes: Absolutely. If you have allergies that are affecting that many body parts, you could have a reaction that gets worse. It would be a good precaution to have an epi pen. ...Read more

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Normal for 16month old baby to be sleepy while taking erythromycin (after a dexametasone injection)? She also has extremely itchy nose & droopy eyes?

Normal for 16month old baby to be sleepy while taking erythromycin (after a dexametasone injection)? She also has extremely itchy nose & droopy eyes?

Sickness: Excessive sleepiness can be from the sickness itself. The antibiotic can take 24 to 48 hours to start working. She got Dexamethasone injection for what- croup? Or allergy. It will help her feeling better with regards to allergy, cough, swelling, nasal itching. Make sure her nose is not blocked, she drinks enough fluid. See the pediatrician if not better within 48-72 hours. ...Read more