Allergic Conjunctivitis

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What is Allergic Conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva or outer membrane of the eye as a result of an allergic reaction to a foreign substance. This foreign substance, also known as an allergen, usually drifts in tiny particles through the air and lands on the eye.

Symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis

  • Itching and pain in the eyes
  • Tearing up of the eye
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Causes of Allergic Conjunctivitis

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Air pollution
  • Makeup
  • Treatment of Allergic Conjunctivitis

    Identifying the allergen responsible and avoiding it is the best treatment.

    Sometimes it is difficult to anticipate and avoid the causative allergens. In that case there are several available treatments for the symptoms. An antihistamine like Benadryl can provide relief for the symptoms. There is also a variety of eye drops available, from lubricating eye drops to eye drops made specifically for the treatment of eye allergies.