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Eye Allergy - How To Detect It?

Dr. Piyush Kapur 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Ophthalmology, FRCS
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
Eye Allergy - How To Detect It?

An eye allergy or allergic conjunctivitis is a condition that strikes when certain substances irritate the eyes, which can cause a reaction. This reaction has varied symptoms starting from inflammation to watering and even redness and an itching sensation. So how can you tell if you have an eye allergy? This article will tell you all you need to know!

Causes: To begin with, this is an immune response that happens when the eye comes in contact with substances like dirt, grime, pollutants, pollen, nettle, pet hair, smoke, mould and more, which may cause irritation. These are typically known as allergens. The immune system takes these allergens to be invaders and begins attacking the same by releasing chemicals that cause these allergic reactions. Also, an eye allergy may be a symptom or outcome of other conditions like asthma, hay fever, or even eczema.

Symptoms: The eye usually bears a pink or red appearance when the patient is suffering from an eye allergy. Also, watery eyes are a common sight during this condition while scaling around the eyes may also take place. Further, itching and burning sensation may be felt by the patient and swelling or puffiness can be seen. The symptoms may afflict one or both eyes. The patient may also have a runny nose or stuffy nose as well as nasal congestion.

Difference between Eye Allergy and Pink Eye: Conjunctivitis or pink eye is usually caused due to bacteria or a virus that spreads infection in the eye. But eye allergy is caused due to a response of the immune system that leads to an allergic reaction. While the pink eye may be a contagious condition, an eye allergy is not.

Diagnosis: The diagnosis of an eye allergy will be done with the help of various tests conducted by an ophthalmologist. The skin prick test will help in introducing allergens to find out if the spot gets raised or suffers from inflammation. Also, the doctor will check for other ailments like asthma and eczema.

Treatment: There are varied methods of treating this condition. To begin with, the doctor may prescribe medication like decongestants and antihistamines as well as steroids for more severe and persistent cases. Also, injections may be prescribed in order to do away with the allergic reaction and eye drops containing olopatadine hydrochloride may also be used.

Home Remedies: Staying away from allergens and using a warm and clean washcloth over the eyes, for a few minutes every day, may help in relieving the painful symptoms of the condition.

Do not forget to consult your doctor before you try any natural or home based remedies.

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Eye Allergy - All You Must Know!

Dr. Roopali Nerlikar 87% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Ophthalmology, Fellowship In Glaucoma, FRCS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Pune
Eye Allergy - All You Must Know!

EYE ALLERGIES TO BE ENDURED NO MORE!

As spring/summer approaches there is a spate of children with itching and redness of the eyes. Most of these children suffer from spring catarrh (Vernal Kerato Conjunctivitis or VKC) or sometimes seasonal allergic conjunctivitis VKC is more common in young boys but affects girls as well. It usually affects children between 3 to 16 years of age, though it may appear earlier than that and continue into adulthood. In the majority of cases, symptoms resolve at puberty. Although the name suggests a seasonal spring time occurrence, frequently the disease persists throughout the year with exacerbations episodically.SYMPTOMS include intense itching, irritation, photophobia (sensitivity to light) and burning. The itching is worse with exposure to wind, dust, and bright light and hot weather. Some patients complain of a sticky, stringy mucous discharge. There may be associated runny nose or sinusitis and some children even have allergic asthma

TREATMENT IS SYMPTOMATIC AND TAILORED TO THE SEVERITY OF THE DISEASE 

Apart from medication, eye hygiene and protective eyewear to minimise exposure to the allergen (pollen or dust), as well as cold compresses, help in controlling the symptoms MEDICATION. Artificial tear substitutes provide a barrier function and help to improve the first-line defence at the level of conjunctival mucosa. These agents help to dilute various allergens and inflammatory mediators that may be present on the ocular surface, and they help flush the ocular surface of these agents. Chilled artificial tears can provide symptomatic relief as well. Those with milder symptoms are given topical antihistamines (epinastine and azelastine) which are very effective in controlling the itch.though they sometimes cause dryness. Simultaneously mast cell stabilisers such as sodium cromoglycate or newer agents such as olopatadine & bepostatine are started. The mast cell stabilisers generally do not relieve existing symptoms and thus are not effective alone when symptoms are active They must be used regularly three to four times daily, continued even when there are no symptoms in order to stabilise the mast cells and prevent the release of histamine and recurrence of symptoms. They can limit or stop the use of steroid drops over the course of the disease. They do not have any of the side effects of steroids and can, therefore, be used for a prolonged period. Those presenting with more severe disease are given topical steroid drops (e.g. prednisolone, dexamethasone. To be used 4-6 times a day-sometimes even 2 hourly. The steroid can also be given in an ointment form to be used at bedtime. A mast cell stabiliser should be started simultaneously. Steroids should be used frequently initially and then tapered to a stop once the acute stage of the disease is stabilised (usually a couple of weeks). Their use requires monitoring because of the possible effect on intraocular pressure. Long term unsupervised use can lead to glaucoma and cataract. Those not responding to conventional treatment may be given supratarsal (into the lid) injection of steroids (long-acting steroids such as triamcinolone and shorter-acting steroids dexamethasone). In very young children this may necessitate short general anaesthesia. Topical cyclosporine or tacrolimus(immunomodulators) may be effective in reducing some of the signs and symptoms of VKC without adverse effects of steroid(steroid-sparing regimen) and are used in the treatment of more severe ocular allergies. Oral antihistamines may be useful if the allergy is more widespread, affecting the nose and sinuses as well. Montelukast & cetirizine orally are other agents that have been used for symptomatic relief

REMEMBER!

Seeking help early and adequate treatment (often long term) is the key to controlling the disease and preventing serious side effects (which thankfully are uncommon). Apart from medication the role of hygiene and protective eyewear to minimise exposure to the allergen (pollen or dust) as well as cold compresses cannot be emphasised enough. Poorly controlled disease apart from making the child miserable runs the risk of complications like corneal scarring /weakening with resultant keratoconus-which have serious visual consequences. Unregimented self-medication runs the risk of major side effects like cataract and glaucoma due to unwarranted steroid overuse.

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Itchy Eyes - How To Administer Them?

Dr. Jatin Ashar 86% (10 ratings)
DNB Ophthalmology, MD - Ophthalmology, MBBS
Ophthalmologist, Mumbai
Itchy Eyes - How To Administer Them?

Redness, itchiness and watery eyes are common symptoms of eye allergies. Pollen, mold, dust and pet dander are common allergens that trigger such allergies. Other triggers include adverse reactions to cosmetics and eye medication such as eye drops. Being allergic to certain food items rarely causes eye conditions such as itchiness or excessive tearing. When the surface of the eye is exposed to allergens, it releases histamines. This causes itchiness and makes the eye red and watery.

However, sometimes these can also be symptoms of a larger problem. Itchiness in the eyes and excessive tearing can also be a symptom of conjunctivitis or caused by eye disorders like dry eyes and blepharitis. Ironically,dry eyes is the most notorious factor amongst the above. Watery eyes could also be caused by clogged tear ducts or eyelids that turn inwards or outwards.

If your eye feels itchy or is persistently watery, you must consult an eye doctor. To correctly diagnose the condition and recognize the symptoms triggering it, he will conduct a thorough eye exam and discuss your medical history and lifestyle. If the condition is triggered by an allergy you might also require blood tests for allergies. This will decide your course of treatment. A few tips that could help are:

Avoid allergens
The best way to keep your eyes healthy is to limit their exposure to factors that could irritate it. Avoid going outdoors during the pollen season especially if it is windy. Wearing wraparound sunglasses can also help create a barrier between your eyes and the allergens. Within the house, ensure that your air filters in the air conditioner are cleaned regularly.

Avoid contacts
Switch to spectacles or consider lasik surgery, if you wear contacts regularly and often suffer from eye allergies. Alternatively, you could switch to daily disposable lenses to avoid the buildup of airborne allergens on the surface of the lenses.

Eye drops
Non prescriptions eye drops that help lubricate the eyes are easily available over the counter and can help relieve itchiness. This can also keep your eyes from drying out and thus prevent watery eyes.

Antihistamines
The histamines released by the body on contact with an allergen dilute blood vessels and make then abnormally permeable. Antihistamines reduce these reactions by not allowing the histamines to attach themselves to cells in the body. Antihistamines can take a while to react and can make you feel drowsy. Hence it is advisable not to take them when operating heavy machinery or driving.

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Cornea Disorders - Know Factors That Can Affect Them!

Dr. Piyush Kapur 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Ophthalmology, FRCS
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
Cornea Disorders - Know Factors That Can Affect Them!

Common conditions affecting the cornea: Some of the common conditions that affect the cornea are:

Injuries: In case of a minor injury and scratch the cornea has the capability to heal on its own. But in case of deeper injuries, there might be corneal scarring, leading to a haze in the cornea along with impaired vision. In case of deep injury you could experience pain in the eye, sensitivity, reduced vision, inflammation of the eye, headache, vomiting and nausea.

Allergies: The common allergies that affect the eye are related to pollen, especially in the warm and dry weather. Symptoms are burning sensation, redness of the eye, itching, and watery discharge. These symptoms can be reduced by antihistamine decongestant eye drops. Rain and cold weather also improve the symptoms.

Keratitis: This is the inflammation of the cornea. Though infection is a common cause of keratitis, non-infectious keratitis is due to minor injuries and wearing the contact lenses for too long. Infectious keratitis is mainly due to parasites, fungi, viruses and bacteria. These can be treated with antibacterial eye drops.

Dry Eye: This is a condition where the eye produces fewer tears and is unable to keep the surface of the eye lubricated. The symptoms of this are scratchy feeling due to the dryness of the eye, along with a burning and stinging sensation of the eye.

Common diseases affecting the cornea: Some common diseases affecting the cornea are:

Herpes Zoster: This is basically the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. This virus also causes chickenpox and if you have had chicken pox then the virus can live in the nerve cells and become activated later in life. The virus might travel through the nerves to the cornea, affecting the cornea.

Iridocorneal endothelial syndrome: This is more common in women aged 30-50 years. It has three features: glaucoma, swelling of the cornea, and changes of the iris.

Pterygium: This is the pinkish, triangular tissue growth, which occurs on the cornea. This might grow slowly throughout life. This is commonly seen in sunny weather in adults aged between 20-40 years.

Treatment of corneal disorders:

Laser surgery: Phototherapeutic keratectomy is a surgical technique. In this UV light is used to restore and reshape the cornea. This is used to treat corneal dystrophies and recurrent erosions.

Anterior lamellar keratoplasty and endothelial lamellar keratoplasty: This procedure removes the damaged or diseased endothelial tissue which is then replaced by the healthy tissue from a donor.

Corneal Transplant Surgery: This removes the damaged part of the cornea and then it is replaced by the healthy tissue through a donor.

Artificial Cornea: Keratoprosthesis is usually known as artificial cornea. This is an option for people who have not had a successful tissue implant.

Eye Allergy - How To Administer It?

Dr. Pravin Kumar Singh 86% (22 ratings)
Kolkata University
Ophthalmologist, Kolkata
Eye Allergy - How To Administer It?

An eye allergy or allergic conjunctivitis is a condition that strikes when certain substances irritate the eyes, which can cause a reaction. This reaction has varied symptoms starting from inflammation to watering and even redness and an itching sensation. So how can you tell if you have an eye allergy? This article will tell you all you need to know!

Causes: To begin with, this is an immune response that happens when the eye comes in contact with substances like dirt, grime, pollutants, pollen, nettle, pet hair, smoke, mould and more, which may cause irritation. These are typically known as allergens. The immune system takes these allergens to be invaders and begins attacking the same by releasing chemicals that cause these allergic reactions. Also, an eye allergy may be a symptom or outcome of other conditions like asthma, hay fever, or even eczema.

Symptoms: The eye usually bears a pink or red appearance when the patient is suffering from an eye allergy. Also, watery eyes are a common sight during this condition while scaling around the eyes may also take place. Further, itching and burning sensation may be felt by the patient and swelling or puffiness can be seen. The symptoms may afflict one or both eyes. The patient may also have a runny nose or stuffy nose as well as nasal congestion.

Difference between Eye Allergy and Pink Eye: Conjunctivitis or pink eye is usually caused due to bacteria or a virus that spreads infection in the eye. But eye allergy is caused due to a response of the immune system that leads to an allergic reaction. While the pink eye may be a contagious condition, an eye allergy is not.

Diagnosis: The diagnosis of an eye allergy will be done with the help of various tests conducted by an ophthalmologist. The slit lamp examination will help in introducing allergens to find out if the spot gets raised or suffers from inflammation. Also, the doctor will check for other ailments like asthma and eczema. Sometimes, when the treatment is not taken on time, the vision gets damaged forever.

Treatment: There are varied methods of treating this condition. To begin with, the doctor may prescribe medication like decongestants and antihistamines as well as steroids for more severe and persistent cases. Also, injections may be prescribed in order to do away with the allergic reaction and eye drops containing olopatadine hydrochloride may also be used.

Home Remedies: Staying away from allergens and using a warm and clean washcloth over the eyes, for a few minutes every day, may help in relieving the painful symptoms of the condition.

Never use self-medication or prolong time without follow up with the doctor as advised. In both the cases, the patient may suffer from loss of vision permanently.

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Eye Allergies - What To Do & What Not To Do?

Dr. Minal Kaur 92% (360 ratings)
DNB Ophtalmology, MS - Ophthalmology, MBBS, Fellowship in Medical Retina, Fellowship in IOL & Cataract Microsurgery
Ophthalmologist, Faridabad
Eye Allergies - What To Do & What Not To Do?

Eye allergy or allergic conjunctivitis is an adverse immune response of the body that occurs when it comes across an irritating substance or allergens like smoke, dust or pollen. The body assumes these to be harmful substances and releases chemicals called histamine to fight against them.

Symptoms of an eye allergy-

Allergy in the eyes causes the occurrence of certain symptoms-

• Itching in the eyes

• The sensation of burning in the eyes

• Redness

• Watery discharge

• Swollen eyelids

• Light sensitive

What triggers it?

An eye allergy is usually triggered by the following components-

• Pollen

• Dander

• Dust Mites

• Mould

• Pet Dander

• Exhaust from vehicles

What to do if you suffer from eye allergy-

• Consult an eye specialist or allergist - It is important to consult a physician since the symptoms may pertain to other allergies like asthma or eczema that have different treatment.

• Take proper medication - Take the prescribed eye drops, oral histamines or decongestants to alleviate the symptoms.

• Avoid the allergen - It is difficult to do so if the allergies are seasonal, that means if the eye allergies always occur during specific seasons of the year. If they are not seasonal, you can avoid the allergens if you

  1. Keep the doors and windows closed at home and while riding the car
  2. Take a shower or change your clothes after coming back home from outside
  3. Wear an allergy-relief mask while outside to filter the smoke, dust, etc.
  4. Wear glasses to protect eyes from the allergens
  5. Wash hands after petting any animal
  6. Use a dehumidifier to protect against mould

• Take allergy shots - These are good precautionary measures for seasonal allergies. These increase the tolerance for the irritants. Similarly some eyedrops can be given to decrease the frequency, severity and intensity of allergy episodes.

Natural remedies - If nothing else works you can use a cold compress to relieve the itchy eyes. Eat walnuts, fish oil and flaxseed oil that contain Omega- 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammatory substances in the body.

What not to do if you are having an eye allergy-

• Avoid rubbing your eyes; that will further irritate your eyes and damaged the eye surface

• Do not keep your indoor surroundings dirty and dusty

• Do not dry-sweep the floors

• Do not pet any animal if you are allergic to animal dander

There is no permanent cure for eye allergies yet but the proper treatment and precautions can help to reduce many of the symptoms. Over-the-counter medications may work out for some people but others may require severe treatment. Remember in spite of prophylactic or therapeutic treatment if u are exposed to a high load of allergens, you will develop symptoms of allergies but they will be milder than if u had no prophylaxis.

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Allergy - Top Ayurvedic Ways To Treat The Types Of It!

Dr. Harshita Sethi 95% (214 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Gurgaon
Allergy - Top Ayurvedic Ways To Treat The Types Of It!

Allergy is characterised by a hypersensitive immune system giving rise to various physical problems like asthma, respiratory problems, skin rashes, etc. The best way to prevent allergies is to stay away from allergens, be it specific food, dust, pollen, or something else.

However, it is not always possible to stay away from allergens. This calls for an allergy cure. There are medicines that help bring down the severity of symptoms. One can also get allergy shots to stay away from allergies. However, Ayurveda in combination with modern medicinal treatment can be a very good option for preventing allergy and also treating symptoms.

Ayurvedic Perspective of Allergy:

The Ayurvedic perspective of allergy entails low immunity and presence of toxins in the body. This calls for enhancing immunity, removing toxins, and also improving the digestive system to prevent and treat allergies. Improving the digestive system and removing toxins too work to fortify the immune system.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Allergy:

Ayurvedic treatment for allergy revolves around deciding the type of allergy and remedies associated with it. According to Ayurveda, the imbalance of three biological factors, namely: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, is responsible for any disease including allergy. Various allergens precipitate this imbalance. This is why allergies can be divided into various types, namely Vata type allergy, Kapha type allergy, and Pitta type allergy. Panchkarma is effective in cleansing the body and other Ayurvedic therapies like Udvartana and Abhyangam are also done to detoxify the body.

The Vata Type Allergy:

Vata type allergy is caused by dryness. Symptoms like insomnia, dry cough, anxiety, etc., are associated with this type of allergy. Symptoms can get worse in a windy or dry environment.

Treatment of Vata Type Allergy:

For relief the patient needs to drink 4-5 cups of tea mixed with ginger root extract every day. Inhaling the sesame oil thrice or four times during the day can also help.

Kapha Type Allergy:

Kapha type allergies owe their origin to humid conditions. The symptoms usually worsen during the spring and in warm weather. The patient may have clear or cloudy mucus and problems with digestion.

Treatment of Kapha Type Allergy:

Half a teaspoon of liquorice mixed in a glass of lukewarm water after a meal can bring down symptoms. One can also take half a teaspoon of Sitopaladi with honey three times a day to soothe the symptoms. A liquefied diet of vegetables and fruits can also be helpful in fighting the symptoms.

Pitta Type Allergy:

These types of allergies can precipitate a feeling of burning in eyes, loose stools, skin rashes, etc. The conditions may worsen in the summer.

Treatment of Pitta Type Allergy:

Inhaling coconut oil twice or thrice a day can offer relief. Neem leaf extract made into tea may also help in fighting the symptoms. Half a teaspoon turmeric powder mixed in a cup of warm milk can alleviate such allergy symptoms to a large extent.

Conclusion:

Ayurveda can help alleviate various allergy symptoms. Various herbs such as licorice, aloe vera, Cayenne, milk thistle, olive oil, rosemary, turmeric, garlic, butterbur, etc. have excellent potential in healing various allergic symptoms. Ayurvedic medicines also available contain these herbs and help cut allergies. However, it is always a great idea to consult an ayurvedic practitioner before purchasing or going for these herbal medicines.

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Eye Allergies - How Can Homeopathy Help?

Dr. Kanchan Mittal 88% (47 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Ghaziabad
Eye Allergies - How Can Homeopathy Help?

Eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis involves the inflammation of the conjunctiva in the eyes. Eye allergies are different from contagious or bacterial conjunctivitis. Eye allergies are common during summer.

Homeopathy is an ideal way to cure eye allergies without any side effects. Here are some homeopathic medicines, which treat eye allergies, along with the symptoms when they are prescribed.

- Apis Mel
This homeopathic medicine is ideal for eye allergies characterized by burning  and stinging in the eyes. Oedema accumulates around the eyes; the eyelids swell and become puffy. Watery discharge comes out of the eyes.

- Euphrasia
This is an ideal medicine for treating eye allergies where there is an acrid discharge from the eyes. The discharge is acidic and burns the skin it comes in contact with, and there is burning pain in the eyes. The eyes stay watery.

- Argentum Nitricum
It is an ideal homeopathic remedy in case of eye allergies with prulent discharge. The patient develops photophobia and splinter like pain is felt in the eyes. The conjunctiva swells and the discharge is abundant. 

- Ruta
This is a great homeopathic medicine to cure eye allergies where there is a sensation of a foreign body in the eyes. Indicated by severe eye irritation, the patient feels as if a dust particle is stuck in his eyes. The eyes become red and quite painful.

- Pulsatilla
Pulsatilla is an ideal homeopathic medicine when there is relief due to the application of cold water. Symptoms include discharge of a thick, yellow fluid from the eyes along with itching and burning. The eyelids feel like they have been agglutinated.

In case of eye allergies accompanied by itching or burning sensation, you can apply natural home-based  remedies as well. They are:

- Applying a cold compress
Application of cold compress around the allergy affected area will give you relief. Soak a cloth in cold water and apply it gently. Use chamomile tea bags as a cold compress.

- Use cucumber
Put slices of cucumber over the affected area in the eyes to get relief from eye allergies. Cucumbers possess anti-irritation properties and reduce puffiness, swelling and irritation. 

- Rosewater
Rosewater is an effective remedy for eye allergies. It soothes and cools the eyes, and the eyes become clear. You can use rose water as an eye drop or wash your eyes with it.

- Green tea
Green tea is completely natural and provides relief to eye allergies. It accounts for soothing the eyes and is anti-inflammatory in nature.

Eye allergies are common and affect people most during the summer. They reoccur every year and give you a bad time. Homeopathic and natural treatment methods for eye allergies are among the best remedies.

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Eye Allergy - How To Treat It?

Dr. Naveen Narendranath 92% (10 ratings)
DNB - Ophthalmology, FRCS, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Ophthalmologist, Chennai
Eye Allergy - How To Treat It?

An eye allergy or allergic conjunctivitis is a condition that strikes when certain substances irritate the eyes, which can cause a reaction. This reaction has varied symptoms starting from inflammation to watering and even redness and an itching sensation. So how can you tell if you have an eye allergy? This article will tell you all you need to know!

Causes:

To begin with, this is an immune response that happens when the eye comes in contact with substances like dirt, grime, pollutants, pollen, nettle, pet hair, smoke, mold and more, which may cause irritation. These are typically known as allergens. The immune system takes these allergens to be invaders and begins attacking the same by releasing chemicals that cause these allergic reactions. Also, an eye allergy may be a symptom or outcome of other conditions like asthma, hay fever, or even eczema.

Symptoms:

The eye usually bears a pink or red appearance when the patient is suffering from an eye allergy. Also, watery eyes are a common sight during this condition while scaling around the eyes may also take place. Further, itching and burning sensation may be felt by the patient and swelling or puffiness can be seen. The symptoms may afflict one or both eyes. The patient may also have a runny nose or stuffy nose as well as nasal congestion.

Difference between Eye Allergy and Pink Eye:

Conjunctivitis or pink eye is usually caused due to bacteria or a virus that spreads infection in the eye. But eye allergy is caused due to a response of the immune system that leads to an allergic reaction. While the pink eye may be a contagious condition, an eye allergy is not.

Diagnosis:

The diagnosis of an eye allergy will be done with the help of various tests conducted by an ophthalmologist. The skin prick test will help in introducing allergens to find out if the spot gets raised or suffers from inflammation. Also, the doctor will check for other ailments like asthma and eczema.

Treatment:

There are varied methods of treating this condition. To begin with, the doctor may prescribe medication like decongestants and antihistamines as well as steroids for more severe and persistent cases. Also, injections may be prescribed in order to do away with the allergic reaction and eye drops containing olopatadine hydrochloride may also be used.

Home Remedies:

Staying away from allergens and using a cool and clean washcloth over the eyes, for a 15 minutes twice a day for a few days, may help in relieving the painful symptoms of the condition.

Do not forget to consult your doctor before you try any natural or home based remedies.

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Eye Allergy - How To Administer It?

Dr. Sanjay Sen 92% (16 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Agra
Eye Allergy - How To Administer It?

An eye allergy or allergic conjunctivitis is a condition that strikes when certain substances irritate the eyes, which can cause a reaction. This reaction has varied symptoms starting from inflammation to watering and even redness and an itching sensation. So how can you tell if you have an eye allergy? This article will tell you all you need to know!

Causes: To begin with, this is an immune response that happens when the eye comes in contact with substances like dirt, grime, pollutants, pollen, nettle, pet hair, smoke, mould and more, which may cause irritation. These are typically known as allergens. The immune system takes these allergens to be invaders and begins attacking the same by releasing chemicals that cause these allergic reactions. Also, an eye allergy may be a symptom or outcome of other conditions like asthma, hay fever, or even eczema.

Symptoms: The eye usually bears a pink or red appearance when the patient is suffering from an eye allergy. Also, watery eyes are a common sight during this condition while scaling around the eyes may also take place. Further, itching and burning sensation may be felt by the patient and swelling or puffiness can be seen. The symptoms may afflict one or both eyes. The patient may also have a runny nose or stuffy nose as well as nasal congestion.

Difference between Eye Allergy and Pink Eye: Conjunctivitis or pink eye is usually caused due to bacteria or a virus that spreads infection in the eye. But eye allergy is caused due to a response of the immune system that leads to an allergic reaction. While the pink eye may be a contagious condition, an eye allergy is not.

Diagnosis: The diagnosis of an eye allergy will be done with the help of various tests conducted by an ophthalmologist. The skin prick test will help in introducing allergens to find out if the spot gets raised or suffers from inflammation. Also, the doctor will check for other ailments like asthma and eczema.

Treatment: There are varied methods of treating this condition. To begin with, the doctor may prescribe medication like decongestants and antihistamines as well as steroids for more severe and persistent cases. Also, injections may be prescribed in order to do away with the allergic reaction and eye drops containing olopatadine hydrochloride may also be used.

Home Remedies: Staying away from allergens and using a warm and clean washcloth over the eyes, for a few minutes every day, may help in relieving the painful symptoms of the condition.

Do not forget to consult your doctor before you try any natural or home based remedies.

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