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Common Symptoms of Eye Allergies

Allergies can affect more than your nose. They are more than the sniffles and can cause you to itch, tear, or swell. The usual suspects are pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. However, your immediate surroundings offer various allergens that can affect you.

Eye allergies are common. They can happen to anyone, and any allergen can set them off.


What Are Eye Allergies?

Eye allergies are reactions to something that irritates the eye. These irritants or allergens cause the eyes to produce histamine to fight them off. The results are tearing, swelling, and itching of the eyes.

Eye allergies do not spread from one person to another. The reactions are unique to each person’s body. The allergies may be seasonal, depending on the allergens that cause your body to react.


Types of Eye Allergies


There are two types of eye allergies: acute and chronic.

  • Acute Eye Allergies

These are short-term and more common during allergen season. Allergen season starts at different times in different places. It is the season when pollen increases in the air. Many people are allergic to pollen, so cases of eye allergies rise in these seasons.

Eye allergies will cause your eyes to swell, itch, and burn. You may also have sniffles due to a watery nose. Take precautions in these seasons to protect yourself from discomfort.


  • Chronic Eye Allergies

These are less common, and they occur all year round. Chronic eye allergies are a mild response to allergens. They include reactions to food, pet dander, or dust. They will cause your eyes to burn and itch. You may also experience sensitivity to light.


Common Symptoms

Allergies can affect your nose and cause it to be stuffy, itchy, and watery. They can also cause you to have headaches, sore throats, and coughing. The symptoms may appear as soon as your eyes or body come into contact with the allergens. When they affect your eyes, they cause them to have the following reactions.


  • Itching

Itching of the eyes is due to overreaction to allergens. The body produces histamines that cause the capillaries to leak, causing itchiness. As you itch, it causes more irritation that results in pain, burning, and other symptoms.


  • Burn and Be Painful

You may feel this in one or both eyes. It may be due to the irritation of the capillaries inside the eyes that causes inflammation. The inflammation makes your eyes sensitive and painful. It also causes a burning sensation.


  • Red Eyes

Red eyes are due to the irritation of the capillaries or the small blood vessels. As they widen in the conjunctiva due to inflammation, they cause the eyes to become red or bloodshot. To soothe your eyes, you can apply a cold compress. It will help reduce the eye redness and lessen the irritation in the capillaries.


  • Soreness and Swelling

The inflammation from the swelling capillaries can cause your eyes to feel sore. When you apply a cold compress, it takes down the swelling and relieves soreness.


  • Sensitivity to Light

Sensitivity to light can result from the irritation of the capillaries that causes pain and a burning sensation. Applying a cold compress to the eyes will take care of most of these symptoms.


  • Tearing

As the eyes struggle to cope with the increasing irritation, it results in an overabundance of tears. Hence, the eyes become watery and teary.


For more information on the symptoms of eye allergies, call Madeira Optical at our office in Cincinnati, Ohio at (513) 561-7076 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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