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Soothing the Itch: Allergy-Induced Itchy Eyes

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As the seasons change, so too do the allergens in the air, bringing with them a familiar foe for many – itchy eyes. Eye allergies, also know as allergic conjunctivitis, can be a persistent and frustrating, affecting your overall well-being. At LloydsPharmacy, we understand the impact of itchy eyes on your daily life, and we're here to help you find relief.

What can cause eye allergies?

Itchy eyes are a common symptom of allergic conjunctivitis. An inflammation of the conjunctiva – the clear layer that covers the white part of the eye. When allergens like pollen, pet dander, or mould come into contact with the eyes, the immune system releases histamines. This triggers an allergic reaction including itchiness, redness, and discomfort.

Environmental triggers of eye allergies include:

  • Pollen - grasses, ragweed and trees. These same pollens may also cause hay fever.
  • Mould
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander - skin cells shed by animals with fur.

Irritants that cause eye allergies include:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cosmetics
  • Perfume
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Contact lens solution

Identifying Symptoms of eye allergies:

Recognising the signs of allergy-induced itchy eyes is crucial for effective management. Common symptoms include:

  1. Itching: Persistent and uncomfortable itching or burning in and around the eyes.
  2. Redness: The whites of the eyes may appear reddened with inflamed blood vessels.
  3. Tearing: Teary or watery eyes.
  4. Swelling: Swollen eyelids or puffiness around the eyes.
  5. Discharge: Stringy eye discharge
  6. Sensitivity: Sensitive to light or blurred vision.


Managing Allergy-Induced Itchy Eyes:

The best thing you can do is avoid the allergens that are causing irritation. This can be difficult if the trigger is airborne. Other treatments that can provide relief include:

  1. Antihistamine Eye Drops:
    • Over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops can quickly relieve itching and redness.
  2. Avoiding Allergens:
    • Identify and minimise exposure to allergens triggering your symptoms.
    • Wear sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes from pollen.
    • Avoid animal dander.
  3. Cool Compresses:
    • Apply a cold compress over closed eyes to soothe irritation and reduce swelling.
  4. Lubricating Eye Drops:
    • Use preservative-free artificial tears to lubricate dry eyes and wash away allergens.
  5. Allergy Medications:
    • Oral antihistamines can provide systemic relief for multiple allergy symptoms, including itchy eyes.
  6. Eye Hygiene:
    • Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes, as it can exacerbate irritation.
    • Wash your hands.
    • Keep bedding clean to reduce the risk of introducing specific allergens to your eyes.
  7. Keep windows closed during high pollen and mould seasons.

Talk to your pharmacist for personalised advice and about products designed to alleviate itchy eyes. Our experienced pharmacists can help you choose the right eye drops and medications tailored to your specific needs.

Don't let itchy eyes interfere with your daily life. With the right strategies and products, you can effectively manage eye allergies and enjoy clearer, more comfortable vision. Visit us today for expert guidance on conquering allergy-related eye discomfort and experiencing a brighter, more vibrant world.