If you are expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms includ­ing itchy, watery and red eyes you might be suf­fer­ing from ocu­lar aller­gy. It is always best to check with an eye expert to get an offi­cial diag­no­sis but here is some more infor­ma­tion on the condition.

For tem­po­rary relief of red­ness and itch­ing of the eye due to sea­son­al and peren­ni­al aller­gies such as hay fever or house dust aller­gy consider:

More Information about Ocular Allergies

WHAT IS AN OCU­LAR ALLERGY?

Ocu­lar Aller­gies also known as aller­gic con­junc­tivi­tis are very com­mon, the same aller­gens that cause sneez­ing and run­ny noses can also irri­tate your eyes lead­ing to symp­toms includ­ing itchy, watery and red eyes. The most com­mon cause of aller­gic con­junc­tivi­tis are sea­son­al trig­gers such as pollen.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Some symp­toms to look out for include:

  • Red eyes
  • Swollen eye lids
  • Tear­ing or run­ny eyes
  • Oth­er aller­gic symp­toms i.e. run­ny nose or sneezing

HOW COM­MON ARE OCU­LAR ALLERGIES

1 in 3 peo­ple in the UK are affect­ed by aller­gies (data from Aller­gy UK) and rough­ly 15 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from hay fever, which is around 20% to 25% of the population.

WHAT CAUS­ES OCU­LAR ALLERGY?

Aller­gic con­junc­tivi­tis is an inflam­ma­tion of the con­junc­ti­va due to aller­gy. Aller­gies are caused when the immune sys­tem, the body’s defence mech­a­nism reacts to things that are not nor­mal­ly harm­ful, and releas­es chem­i­cals called his­t­a­mines. These lead to itch­ing, swelling and red­ness. Caus­es include pollen, dust and some chemicals.

HOW CAN YOU MAN­AGE OCU­LAR ALLERGY?

The first thing is to lim­it your con­tact with the aller­gen – this might be by wear­ing sun­glass­es to reduce the amount of pollen reach­ing your eyes, or sim­ply avoid­ing sit­u­a­tions known to trig­ger prob­lems. Pollen and dust can linger in hair, so wash­ing hair or keep­ing it tied back can help. 

But when symp­toms of itchy, run­ny, red eyes have already start­ed what can you do? Cold com­press­es can be an effec­tive way to reduce red­ness and soothe symp­toms, and can com­ple­ment the use of anti­his­t­a­mine eye drops for rapid relieve symp­toms of itch­ing and redness. 

Otriv­ine Anti­stin works rapid­ly to effec­tive­ly relieve symp­toms of itch­ing and redness

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