Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens.

The conjunctiva is susceptible to irritation from allergens, especially during hay fever season.
  • Symptoms
  • Flow of tears

    • Occurs or worsens when exposed to allergens, Occurs or worsens with weather changes

    common

    Eyes irritation

    • Occurs or worsens with weather changes, Occurs or worsens when exposed to allergens

    common

    Red eye

    • Both eyes

    • Occurs or worsens when exposed to allergens, Occurs or worsens with weather changes

    common

    Runny nose

    • Occurs or worsens when exposed to allergens, Occurs or worsens with weather changes

    common

    Swelling or lump in eyelid

    • Occurs or worsens when exposed to allergens, Occurs or worsens with weather changes

    • Worse in the morning

    • With redness

    • Painless

    Intolerance to light

    • Occurs or worsens when exposed to allergens, Occurs or worsens with weather changes

  • Risk factors
  • History of allergy

    or Family history of allergy

  • Treatment
  • Treating allergic conjunctivitis at home involves a combination of prevention strategies and activities to ease the symptoms. To minimize exposure to allergens: 1-Close windows when the pollen count is high. 2-Keep your home dust-free. 3-Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals, dyes, and perfumes. To ease the symptoms, avoid rubbing your eyes. Applying a cool compress to your eyes can also help reduce inflammation and itching. In more troublesome cases, home care may not be adequate. You will need to see a doctor who might recommend the following options: 1-Antihistamine medication. 2-Anti-inflammatory or steroidal eye drops.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Allergic Conjunctivitis, then a visit to an ophthalmologist is highly recommended.

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