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Why are itchy eyes a common allergic reaction?

If you have allergies, you've probably experienced most of the symptoms involved. While most people think sneezing is a common reaction, many people don't realize that it's our eyes that are also under attack when we sneeze. Itchy, red, swollen eyes are a common reaction to dust, pollen, and other allergens that tend to crop up during the springtime. There are a number of treatments available, and allergy tests can help you pinpoint the specific problems causing the reaction.

Why are itchy, red eyes generally a symptom, and what causes the problem?
Just as any other reaction, itchy eyes are caused when the body reacts to things that are not harmful. Things like pet dander, mold, and pollen cause allergies. These substances release histamine and causes swelling. Your eyes' blood vessels can become inflamed, leaving them itchy, red, and teary.

You can treat your itchy eyes with histamine blockers to reduce puffiness and swelling. Pills and eye drops can also work to relieve itchiness and watery eyes. There are a variety of treatments available both over the counter and through a prescription from your doctor.

Trees, weeds, pet dander, dust, perfumes, and other chemicals are common causes for an allergic reaction. You should keep track of what causes your itchy eyes in order to better treat your allergies. If you are still having problems with itchiness and red eyes even after taking over the counter medications, consult your doctor about getting allergy shots.

There are other precautions you can take as well. Contact lenses may worsen symptoms, so try wearing eyeglasses instead. Wearing sunglasses can also actually help to reduce the chances of itchy, red eyes. Also make sure stay away from touching or rubbing your eyes. Doing so will make the problem worse.

Author
Dr. Summit Shah

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