Allergic conjunctivitis

What is Allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the membrane covering the white part of the eye) due to allergy. Although allergens differ among patients, the most common cause is hay fever. Symptoms consist of redness (mainly due to vasodilation of the peripheral small blood vessels), oedema (swelling) of the conjunctiva, itching, and increased lacrimation (production of tears). If this is combined with rhinitis, the condition is termed allergic rhinoconjunctivitis.

The symptoms are due to release of histamine and other active substances by mast cells, which stimulate dilation of blood vessels, irritate nerve endings, and increase secretion of tears.

Treatment of allergic conjunctivitis is by avoiding the allergen (e.g., avoiding grass in bloom during "hay fever season") and treatment with antihistamines, either topical (in the form of eye drops), or systemic (in the form of tablets). Antihistamines, medication that stabilizes mast cells, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are safe and usually effective.

Questions and answers on "Allergic conjunctivitis"

hi i m sam 23 yrs old,i struggled too much last 2 years from eye allergic starting with redness turn into yellow and now the iris is not clear ,i mean the color of my iris is spreading all over my sclera ,i just need your help doctors is it something related to cornea disease,,and thank oh and yeah my iris color is brown

doctor1 MD

Dear user
It seems from the history that you are having allergic conjunctivitis. Now what you are saying as iris colour is called muddy colour of conjunctiva seen in long standing allergic conjunctivitis.
Vernal conjunctivitis is one of the most common form of allergic conjunctivitis seen in...

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I have allergic conjunctivitis and it has been irritating me a lot and the doctors gave me flouromethlone steroid eye drops and opatanol hay fever eye drops to use. The pre orbital skin around my eyes have become dry and itchy and my doctor told me to use Vaseline on the skin as it soothes the itchiness and dryness and is also good for allergic conjunctivitis is this true?

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well.. it may sooth the skin but has no role in allergic conjunctivitis .. if ur skin is too itchi u should use steroid ointment in askin for few days.. cold compression is good ...

if its long standing and you are using steroid eye drop for lond duration it may cause glaucoma and cataract.....

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I went to my local er yesterday because for two days prior my eye felt bruised but I had no physical symptoms. I was told I had allergic conjunctivitis in my left eye. The doctor had also seen my neice a few months prior and diagnosed her with the same thing but it was pink eye. I m not so sure I don t have pink eye and I have a 10 mnth old son that I don t wamt to get exposed to this. How can I tell the difference in the 2 diagnosis and what can I do?

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Hi I am Dr. Mbobnda. It is normal to question a diagnosis when you don't have some of the symptoms. but i like you to understand that the same disease can have varied symptoms in differnt individuals. The sensation of bruised eyes can be due to allergic conjunctivitis. Also in this case there is...

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Hi,
I'm 27 years old. MY WEIGHT is 49, height 166cm. I had allergic conjunctivitis since 11 years ago or more, i wear contact lenses since that time too. At first i didn't know what causes it as when summer comes my eyes start to itch so badly and i get this foreign body sensation, discharge is ropy. I visited so many eye doctors more than i can count, at first they diagnosed it as viral OR bacterial conjunctivitis but when i searched my syndrome online i realized it was allergic conjunctivitis, then a few doctors diagnosed it as allergic conjunctivitis and mild Dry eye, but no matter what they described it was always just temporary relief. This year I visited a seemingly good doctor, he prescribed me Genteal and Aerius* 5 mg (film coated tablets) and stopped using eye lenses for about a month until my eyes are not red anymore, I have also read online about using a drop of castor oil in each eye before going to sleep and i did and it seemed to soften the mucous and keep the eye somewhat lubricated, all this was going very well, I also started using my lenses again and it all went well for a week but one morning out of sudden i woke up with very red and very watery tearing eye,burning sensation, runny nose & light-sensitive (one of them more than the other) without any specific reason?
I just put a drop of Naphcon-A eye-drops to relief redness ( I know i shouldn't use it much as my doctor told me not to do so since its effect is temporarily and it only cures the symptom not the cause).
So can you please tell me is it my allergic conjunctivitis relapsed? is it viral conjunctivitis? as i read it happens at the end of summer? or what?
and how can i treat it? is there better medications for me as i can't believe all these doctors weren't able to cure this little problem, I really feel they are incompetent :(
Can you please help me and tell me of the best medications for my case?
Please help me, i feel my eyes can't take it anymore. Thank you.


Medications:
Genteal eye-drops (I use it many times throughout the day)
Aerius* 5 mg (Once daily before i sleep)
Naphcon A ( Used it only today to relief the redness)
Castor oil (one drop in each eye before sleeping)

Illness
Allergic Conjunctives
Mild Dry Eye
nearsightedness (-4 both eyes)
Keratoconus

doctor1 MD

Go for an allergy test. Itcanbe pollen any food or drink, it can be pet in house ,dust, cosmetic, something may be present in your house. you have to avoid that object. Take levocetrizine tablet 5mg daily. cromal eye-drop may be applied 3times daily. Avoid all other medication. stop using contact...

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im 12 weeks pregant, my eyes are sore, red and itchy to the point where its unbearable and my lips are swollen (people are saying it looks like ive had my lips done) and their really red. this is all driving me insane :( ive tried piriton and it doesnt work, ive also tried eyes drops but these do nothing to comfort my eyes :( plz help.

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Hi

The most common cause of itching in the eyes is an allergic reaction or allergic conjunctivitis.Allergic conjunctivitis can be seasonal and due to exposure to pollen or called perinneal conjunctivitis and due to exposure to household allergens and pets for example.
Bacterial and viral...

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hi, my wife has an eye injury about 8 months back.we went to a doctor and showed.He gave some eye drops and asked us to use them for couple of months.We used it but no use. Periodically she is getting itching in eye with burning sensation.she do not have dry eyes and no infection also.
All I wanted to know is to which eye specialist I should consult?Could you please le me know.

doctor1 MD

hello,
if she is not complaining of blurry vision after trauma and able to move eyes in all direction then do not worry
for itching she might be having allergic conjunctivitis whiuch increase with working in dust, hotclimate and smoke commonly
start olopatidine eye drop and mild steroid...

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hello.. i wear contact lenses.. have been wearing them since 3-4 yrs.. but for past 3 months my eyes have been getting red sumtimes.. 3 times in nearly 3 months.. by using milflox n gancigel it goes away.. but again it becomes red after sum days.. wat mite b the reason ?

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Hello
It seems from the history that you are having recurrent redness of eyes and you are wearing contact lenses.
These symptoms indicate allergic conjunctivitis probably caused by contact lenses. This requires treatment by the use of anti allergic eye drops. Hence I advice you to consult your...

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Hi Doctor,

My son has allergic conjuctivities since 3weeks, Doctor suggested Lotepred Ls for 4times/5days and 2times/5days. Even after using 10days it is not cured, after foolow up the doctor has advised to continue Lotepred LS for 1month 4times-1wk, 3times-1wk and so on. and also IF2 with this.

Please advice if i can use Lotepred for a 6years old kid for 1month?

Thanks,
Vinuta

doctor1 MD

Hi Vinuta,

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Steroid eye drops are required in a child with allergic conjunctivitis.

Try and avoid the allergen if one is identified. (It is difficult to identify a allergen in most cases)

Please continue the treatment as advised by your doctor.

Continue to...

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Dear doc
My child is suffering from allergic conjunctivitis and is on pataday EVERYNIGHT and lotreped drops when the eye goes red,
is there any substitute for lotrped as my child has been on this treatent since more than a year and lotreped has sideeffects in the long run as it is an hormone

doctor1 MD

Sodium cromoglycate 4% 4-6 times daily or apply a 4 % ointment bid-tid. You find cause, give general antiallergic- loratadin, cetirizine in the evening 14 days, charcol before night 5 days. Please write age and i will review after 7 days

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pink eye?my daughter is 4 years old and she has these pink spots on each eye. she isn't complaining they hurt, they aren't watering, she isn't rubbing or itching them. it kind of seems like its spreading in one eye. what could this be? is it something to worry about?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

Causes of pink eye include:
* Viruses
* Bacteria
* Allergies
* A chemical splash in the eye
* A foreign object in the eye

Viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis may affect one or both eyes. Viral conjunctivitis usually produces a watery discharge....

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my eyes are red in color but the caused is what i dont know
i have been diagnosis to have allergic conjunctivitis and is something that have been dis-stopping me for awhile and i have use a lot of treatment but is still not cure , it just sometimes go a little better and then later comes back