Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Allergy season
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Well, it’s that time of year again.  Pollens are building up in the atmosphere, and many of us are feeling the effects by having itchy, burning eyes.  When managing eye allergies, it’s not a one size fits all answer.   Here are some of the remedies we recommend: Oral antihistamines typically are better for nasal and sinus issues.  Because the eye is an end organ, it is often hard to get enough oral antihistamine to penetrate surface eye receptors to eliminate itching. Topical antihistamine drops are the mainstay of relieving the symptoms and signs of allergic eye problems.  These work in three ways.  First, once you put the drop in within 5-10 minutes the itch should disappear (95% effective).  Second, if they are used daily they will help prevent the itch from occurring.  Topical steroid drops are also a good option. Much like the allergist typically will move from an oral antihistamine to a nasal steroid, we also use steroid eye drops to calm the inflammatory response which causes itching, burning, swelling, and redness of the eyes.  There are even steroid eye drops which you can use with contact lenses.  As always, don’t suffer in silence! Make an appointment with us or email us to discuss your symptoms.
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Posted on 09/25/2012 1:32 PM by dev
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