What’s New With Allergies?

allergic conjunctivitisThe simple answer is that “more people are affected by more allergies.”
We often talk about allergens from the outside of the home such as
weeds, trees, flowers, etc. We forget about the allergens that are with
us year ‘round in our homes.

It is almost a no-win situation. During the cold months, allergies flare up
due to changes in the way we live. We live in homes that are sealed to
trap heat in the winter and cool conditioned air in the summer. We have
wall-to-wall carpeting and throw rugs on our floors. This comfortable and
energy-conscious approach creates an environment in which dust mites
thrive. There is less fresh air from outside being exchanged with stale
air indoors, which means that dust builds up inside. Carpeting may be
comfortable to walk on, insulating, and attractive, but stuff that settles in
it is fodder for dust mites, and their waste is highly allergenic.

Then add the warm weather and the allergens associated with grass,
trees, pollen, etc., and this turns into millions of people suffering
from congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and
difficulty breathing all year long. Individuals with allergies often suffer
from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery,
itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic
response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react
with an oversensitive immune response. Particularly seasonal allergic
conjunctivitis (SAC) is common during the spring, summer, and fall.

If your eyes itch, are red, tearing or burning, pay attention to what they
may be telling you. You may have eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis,
a condition that affects millions of Americans. It is a condition that can
occur alone, but often accompanies nasal allergy symptoms, such as
sneezing, sniffling and a stuffy nose. And, while most people treat nasal
allergy symptoms, they often ignore their itchy, red, watery eyes.

CAN EYE ALLERGIES HARM MY EYESIGHT?

Eye allergies, specifically allergic conjunctivitis, can be extremely
annoying and uncomfortable, and they may disrupt your day-today
activities, but they usually do not harm your eyes. However,
there are rare conditions that are associated with atopic dermatitis
(eczema) and other diseases that can cause inflammation which may
affect the eyesight.

If you are suffering from itchy, red, watery eyes, give our office a call. We
can diagnose your problem, prescribe needed medication prescriptions
or over the counter treatments. Let us help you by providing the latest
treatments for allergy eye conditions, as well as for dry eye conditions
(which are worsened by antihistamines).

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