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Allergic eyes: relieve redness and itching

Whether pollen, animal hair or mold - allergens are particularly common in the eyes. The symptoms of allergic eyes can be effectively alleviated with the right eye drops.

The eyes are reddened, itchy or sting - allergy sufferers are familiar with these symptoms. Allergens such as pollen also get into the body via the mucous membranes of the eyes, which is why an allergy is usually particularly noticeable in the eyes. The allergens irritate the conjunctiva, so that the fine blood vessels dilate and inflammatory messenger substances such as histamine are released.

Allergic or not?

Sometimes allergic symptoms only affect the eyes. This is why many people first think of an inflammation of the conjunctiva caused by viruses or bacteria and not of an allergy. It is typical for pollen allergy sufferers that during the pollen season the symptoms worsen during the day, while they usually improve in bad weather and longer periods of rain. In the case of non-allergic eye problems, there is usually no itching. Itching is therefore more of an indication of an allergy. Redness, burning or swollen eyelids are also typical.

Just don't rub

While it's heavy, allergic eyes that are red, stinging, or itchy shouldn't be rubbed to avoid additional irritation. Otherwise, the redness may worsen and an uncomfortable pain may result.

See a doctor with an allergy?

As soon as there is a suspicion of an allergy, one should see a doctor, if possible an allergist. He tests which substance you are allergic to. Medical care is important because the allergy can spread to other substances if left untreated. In addition, allergy sufferers are prone to inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, the middle ear and the bronchi. If the allergy is ignored, a constant cold or allergic asthma can develop. Proven treatment methods are:

  • Desensitization (immunotherapy)
  • Oral antihistamines (medicines used to treat allergies)
  • Antiallergic eye drops

Eye drops help

In the case of allergic complaints, eye drops are used, which either act as a preventive measure or against the acute complaints. Cromoglycic acid has a preventive effect by making it more difficult for the cells to release histamine. The active ingredients azelastine, levocabastine or ketotifen improve existing allergic symptoms by blocking the effects of histamine. The eye drops are usually used twice a day and relieve symptoms over several hours.

Be careful with lenses

If your eyes are irritated, it is generally better to avoid contact lenses. If you still want to wear them, you should wait at least a quarter of an hour after using anti-allergic eye drops before putting the lenses back on. There are also alternative preparations with hyaluronic acid and ectoin that can be dripped directly onto the lenses. Ectoin stabilizes the moisture film on the surface of the eye and can be used for supporting treatment and prevention in allergic eyes.

Fight allergens

The allergic irritation in and on the eyes is caused by typical allergens, contact with which should be avoided as far as possible. You can actively do that:

Where the pollen fly

As soon as you know which pollen you or your family member is allergic to, it is best to find out about the current pollen count on a daily basis. Sources of information are daily newspapers and the Internet. There are pollen forecast for example at www.pollenstiftung.de

Out despite allergy

When staying outdoors, use eye drops with hyaluronic acid from time to time to rinse out the pollen. Thanks to their cooling effect, they also provide some relief for allergic eyes.

UlrichTepe,