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Symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis

The following features are indicative of Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • puffy eyelids
  • redness
  • itchiness
  • gritty feeling
  • discharge that forms a crust during the night
  • teary eyes
  • burning eyes
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Common Causes of Allergic Conjunctivitis

The following are the most common causes of Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • chemical splash in the eye
  • foreign object in the eye
  • exposure to air pollution
  • pollen from trees, grass, and ragweed
  • animal saliva or dander

Other Causes of Allergic Conjunctivitis

The following are the less common causes of Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • viruses infection
  • bacteria infection
  • use of skin medicines

Risk Factors for Allergic Conjunctivitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • exposure to something for which you have an allergy
  • exposure to someone infected with the viral or bacterial form of conjunctivitis
  • use of contact lenses

Prevention of Allergic Conjunctivitis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Allergic Conjunctivitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • regularly wash your hands
  • do not rub the eyes with infected hands
  • apply a warm washcloth to the eyelids for 1 to 2 minutes after awakening
  • keep your eye tools clean
  • wear protective eyewear

Occurrence of Allergic Conjunctivitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Allergic Conjunctivitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Allergic Conjunctivitis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Allergic Conjunctivitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Allergic Conjunctivitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • Eye examination: To diagnose eye infections and their causes
  • Patch test: To detect the causative allergen

Doctor for Diagnosis of Allergic Conjunctivitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • Ophthalmologist

Complications of Allergic Conjunctivitis if untreated

Yes, Allergic Conjunctivitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Allergic Conjunctivitis is left untreated:
  • corneal ulcers
  • blindness

Self-care for Allergic Conjunctivitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • Apply a compress to the eyes: Give soothing effects
  • Use eye drops: Relieves the symptoms
  • Stop wearing contact lenses:Stop wearing them until the eyes get better

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Allergic Conjunctivitis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Allergic Conjunctivitis:
  • Acupuncture: Gives relief from disease symptoms
  • Herbal remedy: Produces healing effect

Time for Treatment of Allergic Conjunctivitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Allergic Conjunctivitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Is Allergic Conjunctivitis Infectious?

Yes, Allergic Conjunctivitis is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • contact with infected person
  • contaminated objects or water

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Allergic Conjunctivitis.

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