Allergic Conjunctivitis (Hayfever)

Allergic conjunctivitis causes red, swollen and itchy eyes which is very uncomfortable.

The most common cause of this is pollen but there can be other causes. 

How do I know if this is allergic conjunctivitis or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Bacterial conjunctivitis is characterised by a yellow sticky  discharge, allergic conjunctivitis doesn't. Bacterial conjunctivitis also feels like you have grit in your eye. Allergic conjunctivitis main symptom is very itchy eyes where you have a continued urge to rub.

What is the best treatment for allergic conjunctivitis?

Taking an antihistamine such as Cetirizine in a tablet form or liquid form is very effective with some eye drops containing Sodium Cromoglycate at quickly reducing the symptoms

If other symptoms co-exist with the itchy eyes such as a runny nose then a Beclometasone Nasal Spray used regularly relieves  symptoms.

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