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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