April 8, 2019
If your eyes are red and itchy, you may have allergic conjunctivitis, otherwise known as eye allergies. When you have eye allergies, this simply means something called an allergen has irritated your eyes.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the most common symptoms include:
Allergies can be caused by an irritant which comes into contact with your eyes. The irritation triggers a response from your immune system, which can lead to discomfort as your body tries to fight off the allergen.
You may be wondering whether you have allergic conjunctivitis or something more serious. Those with eye allergies usually also experience symptoms of nasal allergies, including a stuffy, itchy, or runny nose.
If you have eye allergies, the symptoms should clear up on their own once you are no longer in contact with the allergen. Common allergens include pollen, mold, dust, smoke, and pet dander.
The best way to treat allergic conjunctivitis is to avoid the allergens irritating your eyes. Here are some suggestions:
If you can’t figure out which allergens are causing the allergic reaction, you may need to consult an allergist who can perform a test to identify the source of the issue.
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