The symptoms of eye allergies
Symptoms of allergic reactions are stinging, swollen, sore, red, itchy and watery eyes and these symptoms are associated with allergic conjunctivitis as well. Of all these symptoms, the most important one for allergic conjunctivitis is the itching of the eyes because this is what makes it different from other allergies of the eyes. Usually both eyes are affected, but the strength of the symptoms may vary. SAC or the seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is an eye allergy considered to be among the most common ones and it is caused by seasonal factors, such as ragweed pollens and grass, which are the most common. PAC or the perennial allergic conjunctivitis is common and it is caused by dust mites, dust, feathers and animal dander.
Fall and spring is the time when the SAC problem is most visible and causes problems such as eye watering, eye burning and itchy eyes. There are other possible symptoms such as blurred vision and light sensitivity. When you are having SAC you will have swollen eyelids and your eyes will be red. The term "chemosis eye" is associated with watery eyes that have a gelatinous look, and this happens when you have swollen eyelids. Season triggers may make the problem more noticeable but in general, this is a problem that stays for a whole year.
Prevention of allergic conjunctivitis involves the avoidance of allergic triggers. The applications of the cold compress on the eyes givesome temporary relief. You can use the tear substitutes eye washes, but symptoms sometimes react only to medications so they must be used in such situations. Eye drops and oral anti-histamines are medications mostly used. Over-the-counter loratadine and prescription certizine are two very effective oral anti-histamines. Other anti-histamines with similar effect are desloratadine and fexofenadine. You can get the eye drops with anti-histamines. There are prescription and over-the-counter anti-histamines eye drops. The medicamentosa, which causes eye drops dependence, congestion and eye redness, can happen if you use decongestant eye drops for a long period of time. People with blood pressure, heart problems or glaucoma should not use these eye drops. Alaway is a medication with ketotofen and these eye drops prevent the chemical release from the mast cells and they have the anti-histamine effect. This medication cannot develop conjunctivitis medicamentosa due to longer use, unlike the decongestant eye drops.