Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the eye has a reaction against an allergen (an allergy-causing substance) such as dust, dander or pollen.
- Red eyes
- Dilated vessels in the conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the eye
- Itching or burning in the eyes
- Tearing (watery eyes)
- Puffy eyelids, especially in the morning
If the cause of the allergic reaction is identified, avoiding the allergen will solve the problem. Symptoms can be relieved by antihistamines, anti-allergic medications sold over the counter. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory eye drops or steroid creams.
When to Call for Help
Call for an appointment with your healthcare provider if your child has symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis and if they don’t improve with over-the-counter treatments.
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