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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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Thoughts? Could my undereye circles/bags under eyes go away after I get my allergies treated?

Thoughts? Could my undereye circles/bags under eyes go away after I get my allergies treated?

May be: If the circle are from edema/swelling then it may go away after the treatment. Allergy is the most common cause of the of this type of problem. The bags under the eye could be from fat prolapse which may not go away unless its treated cosmetically by surgery, laser or rf. ...Read more

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Really dark under eye bags caused by allergies, is there anyway to lighten them or improve their appearance? Nothing I've tried has worked

Really dark under eye bags caused by allergies, is there anyway to lighten them or improve their appearance? Nothing I've tried has worked

Allergic reaction: The goal with allergy symptoms is to control the environment and avoid those things to which you are allergic. Keep animals out of your bedroom, remove any feather pillows or throws, and take an antihistamine regularly. Avoid cigarette smoke, perfumes and spray products. There are OTC allergy eye drops that you can also try. Claritin (Loratadine) 10 mg daily is the easiest pill to take daily. ...Read more

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I have a TYERD under-eye problem dark & puffy I deal w/allergies I take meds for them, but I still look so TYERD is there anything else I can do?

I have a TYERD under-eye problem dark & puffy I deal w/allergies I take meds for them, but I still look so TYERD is there anything else I can do?

Keep nose open: Dark circles under eyes (allergic shiners) are often associated with nasal congestion which is not relieved with antihistamine alone. If you have allergies, a nasal steroid would work better. If not helpful, consult an allergist to find out the cause. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of under eye circles from allergies?

How can I get rid of under eye circles from allergies?

Treat the congestion: Eye circles are often called "allergic shiners". These form when the blood vessels around the eyes get engorged and inflammed. Often times, this occurs because the lining of the eyes and the lining of the nose is swollen from allergic reactions. Using a nasal steroid spray to reduce nasal congestion is often the most effective treatment. Allergy injections can help too. ...Read more

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7 weeks baby with under eye dark circles. Normal? She has very fair skin and her dad has them as well. Is it indicative of allergies?

7 weeks baby with under eye dark circles. Normal? She has very fair skin and her dad has them as well. Is it indicative of allergies?

Dark circles: Under infants eyes can be normal. The skin there is very thin making blood vessels close to the surface more prominent. Dark circles are seen in allergic patients but having dark circles doesn't mean your child is allergic. That is not a label I would give a 7 week old. Is she feeding ok? Growing? Any other concerning symptoms? You also said Dad had them...sounds like a family trait. ...Read more

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My 3 1/2 yr. Old with cystic fibrosis has cold/ allergy symptoms...But unusually grumpy and purple color under eyes...Allergies or CF exacerbation?

My 3 1/2 yr. Old with cystic fibrosis has cold/ allergy symptoms...But unusually grumpy and purple color under eyes...Allergies or CF exacerbation?

Pls see answer: There is an overlap between the symptoms of allergy and cf. Allergic symptoms tend to be associated with a particular exposure that triggers an allergic response. The discoloration under the eyes may be caused by allergies, infection, lack of sleep, iron deficiency. If the area around the eye is red and swollen, it is best to check with your doctor. Fever > 101 is not usual for an allergic resp, . ...Read more

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Started using new under eye concealer 3 days ago. Burning, itching skin under eyes and under brow line. Swollen and red. Small bumps. No allergies.

Started using new under eye concealer 3 days ago. Burning, itching skin under eyes and under brow line. Swollen and red. Small bumps. No allergies.

Contact allergy: A 3-day lapse in onset is compatible with an allergic contact skin reaction. However one cannot rule out entirely an irritant reaction from repetitive exposure to a mild irritant in the eye concealer. Try OTC hydrocortisone cream for a few days and see if this helps. ...Read more

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Can you advise for my allergic reaction (eyes)?

Can you advise for my allergic reaction (eyes)?

Eye allergies: Allergic reaction involving the eyes is often associated with mild swelling, itching and redness of the eyes. Over the counter eye drops (check with the pharmacist) may help with this. Severe swelling, pain, visual changes or pustular secretions of the eyes may indicate bacterial infection and would require antibiotics. You would need to check with your doctor for this. ...Read more

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Why are my eyes so watery!? Is this an allergic reaction?

Possibly: Watery eyes can be a sign of allergy, dry eyes, or disfunction of your tear drainage system. In order to determine the best treatment, you should be examined by your eye doctor and give more symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do if I had an allergic reaction to eye cream?

What can I do if I had an allergic reaction to eye cream?

Allergic reaction: If you feel you have an allergic reaction to an eye cream, stop the cream. If the cream is a prescription medication check back with the prescribing doctor regarding the reaction. Moist warm compresses will provide temporary relief. ...Read more

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I am having irritated and dry eyes from a medication, could this be an allergic reaction?

I am having irritated and dry eyes from a medication, could this be an allergic reaction?

Side effects: It sounds more like a adverse effects of the medication but not an allergic reaction. If the medication you are taking has anticholinergic property, it will cause dry mouth, dry eyes. If it crosses the blood brain barrier, it can cause drowsiness. Medication allergies can presents with a variety of symptoms: hives, skin rashes, fever, abdominal pain, join pain, or anaphylaxis... ...Read more

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I have an allergic reaction to the little black ants my eyes get swollen and ich badly and they hurt. Please help me find out what is going on.

I have an allergic reaction to the little black ants my eyes get swollen and ich badly and they hurt. Please help me find out what is going on.

Ant Allergy: Allergic reactions to ant bites occur not because of the venom itself but because of chemicals produced by the body's immune system while fighting the venom. Depending on the level of sensitivity, this could occur after multiple ant stings or even a single sting. See an allergist for desensitization shots. ...Read more

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My eyes are swelling shut. Am I having an allergic reaction?

My eyes are swelling shut. Am I having an allergic reaction?

Eye puffiness: Puffiness of the eyelids is a common symptom of allergies. This is usually accompanied by itchy, red and tearing eyes. It can also be a part of a more generalized allergic reaction with hives. With allergies, the vision should not be affected and symptoms should improve gradually with antihistamines. There are other reasons for eye swelling that should be evaluated for by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Is it common to have an allergic reaction in only one eye?

Is it common to have an allergic reaction in only one eye?

Possible: It depends on which eye gets exposed. Usually, both eyes get exposed, so allergic reactions are commonly bilateral, but if only one gets exposed then you will get it in one eye. ...Read more

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Can you get an allergic reaction to a cat the next day with swelling of the eyes and face?

YES: 10% of general population are allergic to dogs and. ... As many as 30% are allergic to cats. Take otc allergy med like loratidine or cyterizine. If concerned, see your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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For the past 3 days I have noticed under my eyes it was swollen and itchy. At times it would even get flaky. Is it an allergic reaction?

Possibly yes: It could be eczema. It is hard to diagnose it without looking at it but eczema is a skin rash that is dry, red, flakey and itchy. It responds to steroid creams but use steroids on the face cautiously as it may cause side effects like thinning the skin and color change. ...Read more

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What can I do about an allergic reaction to eye makeup?

What can I do about an allergic reaction to eye makeup?

Cool compresses: First, remove the offending product, then start with some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally and then use cool compresses 15-30 minutes 4 times daily to soothe the area. You can also safely apply some 1% Hydrocortisone cream from the pharmacy carefully to the skin around the eye. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pink eye or is this an allergic reaction?

How to know if I have pink eye or is this an allergic reaction?

You don't: Symptoms of both conditions can mimick each other. Every red eye is not infected and every itchy eye is not allergic. An ophthalmologist can observe paillary/follicular/mucopurulent/toxic/dessicant conditions on the ocular surface to determine your condition. Need an exam. ...Read more

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What can I take for irritated swollen eyes after allergic reaction?

Treatment options: Try an antihistamine like zyrtec or Claritin and add some eye drops. Zaditor (ketotifen) is very good for allergies. It there is discharge, change in vision or pain then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction from eyelash glue, what OTC eye solution can I use?

Allergic reaction from eyelash glue, what OTC eye solution can I use?

Naphcon A eye drops: Need to remove fake eyelashes and remove glue washing eyelids with vaby johnson shampoo, cold compresses 4 times a day. Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) oral. Apply naphcon a eyedrops around the lid margins 4 times a day for 5 days. Glue takes sometimes 3 to 5 days to come off the skin. Do not apply glue again. See ophthalmologist if not better in 24 hours. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between pink eye and an allergic reaction?

How do I tell the difference between pink eye and an allergic reaction?

Pink eye: A good question. Pink eye occasionally is caused by alelergy or chemicals but usually spreads from hand to eye as a virus. Less commonly a bacteria. They can look similar but the pink eye often goes away in 7 to 10 days whereas allergic eye problems may persist. There is more discolored eye drainage from a viral pink eye than from an allergic conjuctivitis. ...Read more

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My toddler had an allergic reaction to eye cream, what do you recommend?

My toddler had an allergic reaction to eye cream, what do you recommend?

Don't use it again: You can test any creams or lotions you might use on your kid by applying some to the pad of a bandaid. Place on a skin surface where s/he cannot mess with it and check the area over the next 24 hrs. If there is no reaction at the site, that cream/lotion should not be a problem. ...Read more

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My daughter had a allergic reaction from a cat she was playing with. Her face and eyes are swollen. What can I give her?

My daughter had a allergic reaction from a cat she was playing with. Her face and eyes are swollen. What can I give her?

Benedryl: Benedryl (over the counter allergy med) is an antihistamine that should work well for this. If she starts having breathing problems or throat swelling she needs to get to an er. Given her reaction, I would keep some benedryl on hand for the next time she meets up with a cat she can't resist. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My face is swollen, especially around my eyes, because I think I had an allergic reaction what should I do?

Could use your help docs! My face is swollen, especially around my eyes, because I think I had an allergic reaction what should I do?

Eye swelling: Allergies can cause mild swelling around the eyes. This is usually associated with mild irritation and itching. Pustular secretions, significant pain or visual changes can be more severe and require antibiotics. Over the counter eye drops may help allergies temporarily. Significant pain or swelling should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to a cat a couple hours ago. My eyes were red and itchy and now one eye is smaller than the other, is it permanent?

I had an allergic reaction to a cat a couple hours ago. My eyes were red and itchy and now one eye is smaller than the other, is it permanent?

No: It will likely improve in less than 12 hrs but may take a couple of days to totally recover-assuming you are no longer in contact with articles contaminated by cat allergens or the cat itself. Take antihistamine and try some OTC anti-allergy eye drops. ...Read more

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I have had an allergic reaction. My symptoms are burning watery eyes and my vision was foggy, it was airborne. How serious is this? Concerns?

Allergy eye symptoms: Typically affect only the surfaces of your eyes and can be well controlled with eye drops. Unfortunately, as long as you are exposed to the allergen, you are going to continue having symptoms. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more