If pollen or mold spores are inhaled, the symptoms may include redness, itching, and watery eyes. The following are some of the symptoms that may be caused by allergic conjunctivitis. An allergic reaction to allergens such as pollen or mold spores can cause a form of conjunctivitis known as allergic conjunctivitis. Pollen and mold spores are examples of allergens. Dermatologists in East New York are available at Doral Health and Wellness to help with your skin conditions.
A membrane called the conjunctiva lines the inside of your eyelids and the surface of your eyeball. The conjunctiva also covers the white of your eye. During this time of year, allergic reactions can cause significant inflammation of the conjunctiva. The allergy-related condition known as conjunctivitis is very common. You can think of it as your body’s response to what it regards as potentially harmful.
Types of Conjunctivitis
It is referred to as seasonal allergic conjunctivitis when conjunctivitis is brought on by allergies triggered by changing seasons. This type of conjunctivitis is most prevalent in the spring and summer, but it can also occur in the autumn. Exposure to allergens such as pollen, grass, and other airborne particles can result in seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.
Inflammation of the conjunctiva, also known as conjunctivitis, can be induced by coming into contact with makeup, eye drops, or other substances that irritate the conjunctiva. This condition is called contact dermatoconjunctivitis. Allergic reactions occur when these substances come into contact with the skin. Symptoms usually appear within two to four days after contact with the eyes.
Massive conjunctivitis with giant papillaries is a common side effect of contact lens usage. Wearing contact lenses can be uncomfortable for some people, and the discomfort and redness can worsen over time. Improper hygiene with contact lenses, their solutions, and cases can lead to eye infections. Large papillary conjunctivitis can develop after eye surgery if hard contact lenses are continued to be worn (GPC).
Indoor allergens like dust, mold spores, or pet dander can cause perennial allergic conjunctivitis that continues throughout the year.
When the body’s immune system reacts excessively to a particular chemical, it can result in an allergic reaction. Some individuals are more susceptible to allergens than others due to genetic predisposition.
Common allergens responsible for allergic conjunctivitis include:
– Animal fur
– Dust mites
– Eye drops
– Pollen, also found in hay fever
Common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include:
– Itching and rubbing of the eyes
– Inflamed eyes
– Watery or white, stringy mucus
– Redness of the eyes
Sneezing and a runny or itchy nose can also occur as side effects.
During your visit, your doctor will perform an eye exam and ask about any past allergies. Conjunctivitis can be identified by redness and tiny bumps on the eyelids and in the white of the eye. Your doctor may also order one of the following tests:
– Allergy skin test: Allergens are placed on the patient’s skin, and the doctor observes the reaction.
– Blood test: To check for antibodies against specific allergens.
– Conjunctival tissue scraping: To analyze white blood cells, especially eosinophils.
Treatment options for allergic conjunctivitis include:
– Applying a cold compress to reduce swelling
– Immunotherapy for allergies
– Ophthalmic or oral antihistamines (over-the-counter or prescription)
Additional steps that may help include avoiding foods that trigger allergies, taking a bath or shower before sleep, cleaning contact solutions, washing clothing frequently, and washing your face after exposure to dust or pollen, common sources of environmental allergies.
If you are suffering from allergies or eye discomfort, seek help from our experts at Dermatology Brooklyn at Doral Health and Wellness. You can reach us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212, or book an appointment at 718-DORAL-55.