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How should itchy swollen eyelids be treated after being exposed to pollen while gardening?

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Posted on Thu, 8 Apr 2021
Question: I spent a number of hours weeding a flower bed. It had thistles as well as other pollen bearing plants. This was two days ago. Now my eyelids are swollen, puffy, and itchy. I had an allergy shot early in the season and have been taking a daily zyrtec. Is there a compress or something I can do to bring this swelling down?
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Answered by Dr. Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You can use cold compresses,follow the advice below for a better treatment.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Your symptoms seem to be related to allergic conjunctivitis.

I see that you are already taking oral antihistamines .
You can also use over the counter antihistamine eye drops for a better local relief.
Some other advice can be:
-apply cold compresses to both eyes
-use artificial tears for local relief
-clean regularly the eyes with water
-If you have contacts you should remove them.
-If you don't get better you should take prescribed corticosteroids. Discuss with your doctor about this treatment.
The most important thing is to avoid the allergen that caused these symptoms.
The symptoms should be relieved in a few days,so don't worry.

Hope my answer was helpful.
If you have further queries feel free to contact me again.
Kind regards!
Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
General &Family Physician
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How should itchy swollen eyelids be treated after being exposed to pollen while gardening?

Brief Answer: You can use cold compresses,follow the advice below for a better treatment. Detailed Answer: Hello, Your symptoms seem to be related to allergic conjunctivitis. I see that you are already taking oral antihistamines . You can also use over the counter antihistamine eye drops for a better local relief. Some other advice can be: -apply cold compresses to both eyes -use artificial tears for local relief -clean regularly the eyes with water -If you have contacts you should remove them. -If you don't get better you should take prescribed corticosteroids. Discuss with your doctor about this treatment. The most important thing is to avoid the allergen that caused these symptoms. The symptoms should be relieved in a few days,so don't worry. Hope my answer was helpful. If you have further queries feel free to contact me again. Kind regards! Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi General &Family Physician