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What You Should Know About Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is an aggravating eye problem that can bring your life to a grinding halt. Here is a quick look at exactly what causes this condition and a few steps that you can take to avoid eye irritation.

What Is Allergic Conjunctivitis?

The lining of the eye is called the conjunctiva, and this condition takes place when that small piece of tissue becomes irritated. While conjunctivitis is usually the result of an infection, it can also occur when allergens become trapped in the eyelids. The vast majority of conjunctivitis cases disappear after a few days, but some patients have chronic or recurring flare-ups. Catching the early warning signs of allergic conjunctivitis is very important if you want to avoid long-term eye damage.

Signs and Symptoms

This condition usually creates a wide variety of symptoms and side effects. When you are first exposed to the allergen, you might feel as if your eyes are itchy or heavy. Over time, those symptoms will become much worse if the conjunctivitis isn’t treated. Your eyelids could eventually swell up and make it very difficult to see. Some patients also claim that this condition makes their eyes throb and burn.

Eradicating Allergens in Your Home

The first step in the treatment process is eradicating as many allergens from your home as possible. In addition to regularly cleaning all of the surfaces in your house, you should also contact a local contractor who offers air conditioning service and repairs. One of those professionals can replace your air filters, clean the outdoor condenser, and sanitize all of the air ducts. Cleaning the air ducts will help greatly. If your system is very old you may need to replace it to get clean air inside of your home. Those few simple tasks will greatly reduce your risk of a conjunctivitis flare-up and help with seasonal allergies.

Avoiding Outdoor Allergens

Patients who have this condition should always check the pollen allergy forecast before they step outside. Whenever the pollen count is high, you can take an over-the-counter antihistamine that minimizes redness and inflammation. You might also benefit from steroidal eye drops that can easily be administered as soon as your eyes become irritated. Unlike most antihistamines, steroid eye drops require a prescription from a doctor.

If you have been struggling with any eye problems for more than a few days, then you must head to an eye doctor right away. Your eye doctor should be able to give you eye drops that ease the symptoms and speed up your recovery. You may have bacterial or viral conjunctivitis which is pink eye and is contagious. They can also help you come up with a comprehensive plan for preventing future flare-ups.

Tim Esterdahl

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