What is allergic conjunctivitis and how is it treated?

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

There are different types of allergic conjunctivitis.
The commonest is seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which appears during the hay fever months.
So, during early spring up until late summer. In some children, there is a reaction not
only to pollen in the outside environment, but also to dust at home. These children can
develop symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis all year round. This is called perennial allergic
conjunctivitis. Lastly, there are two types of severe allergic eye disease which affect
people who have eczema or asthma. And people who come from the Mediterranean or the Middle
East or Africa. These types are called a-topic or vernal keratoconjunctivitis. The hallmark
of allergic conjunctivitis is itchy red eyes, often with a watery discharge. The treatment
usually consists of anti-allergy eye-drops which contain antihistamines and mast cells
stabilisers. However, if the symptoms don’t resolve on these over-the-counter or GP prescribed
medications, it is important to see a specialist to see whether stronger more potent eye-drops
are indicated.

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