Allergic conjunctivitis is one of the types of conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis is a condition that affects your eyes. It makes your eyes red, itchy and watery.
You may also get a sticky film on your eyelashes.
In the morning you may find that this sticky film means that you're unable to open the eye that is affected.
There are several different types of conjunctivitis.
Allergic conjunctivitis is the type that is classed as an atopic condition.
It is caused by an allergic reaction to a substance.
The main culprits are
If you are allergic to pollen, which is at certain times of the year, it is called Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis. Your symptoms would affect you during the hay fever season.
Pollen comes from
If you allergic to
house dust mites, which can affect you all year, it is called
Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis.
It is very useful if you know what allergen causes your conjunctivitis. You would be able to limit contact with it, so stopping the symptoms before they start.
The main symptoms to look out for include
It is important not to
rub your eyes. This can make the inflammation worse.
Also if you wear
contact lenses it is a good idea not to wear them while you have any
of the symptoms.
Once you have been diagnosed you can start treatment.
There are a few different treatments that you can use to improve the condition.
This type of conjunctivitis doesn’t generally cause any major problems. It normally clears up within a few days.
If it is not improving
as it should, visit your doctor.
Also visit your doctor
They all indicate that
you may have a different condition. So visit your doctor so you
can get the right treatment for the condition you have.
If you are not sure if your conjunctivitis is caused by an allergy, or if it is, by what allergy, having an allergy test maybe the answer.
Luckily allergic conjunctivitis will not normally affect your life in an adverse way. Especially in the long term.
If you limit contact will allergens, and start treatment as soon as you see any symptoms, managing it will be a piece of cake.