Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by a number of things. There are some techniques to get relief from this condition. Some of them are non exposure to the things that are causing allergy, rubbing the eyes, which will worsen the allergy. It is important to place some cool items on the eyes such as cold compress. One can also soak a flannel in cold water and place it over the eyes for some relief. The contact lens must be also replaced when you are suffering from allergy. There is a possibility that it may be contaminated because of the allergy. Do not wear contact lens till the condition is gone.
The condition can be classified into four types:
- Season conjunctivitis – allergy to pollen
- Perennial conjunctivitis – allergy to pets and dust mites
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis – allergy to contact lens
- Contact dermatoconjunctivitis – allergy to eye drops and cosmetics
Antihistamines are used to ease allergic conjunctivitis. Histamine is a chemical released by our body during an allergen attack. Antihistamines are used to prevent allergic symptoms. Antihistamines are taken in eye drop form or orally. Oral antihistamines are not prescribed to pregnant women and lactating mothers. They are available as over the counter medicines and it is recommended to use it as per instructions. They are not to be used with alcohol.
Mast cell stabilizers are another form of eye drops used to ease allergic condition. They are not as powerful as anti histamines and cannot provide fast relief. Sometimes they are prescribed along with antihistamines.
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