Autumn has arrived, and you don’t feel so good. You can’t stop sneezing and
sniffling. The return of cool weather leaves you feeling not invigorated but
What’s going on? You may be suffering from pollen allergy, a.k.a. allergic
rhinitis or hay fever. Thirty million Americans do, and symptoms typically
flare in fall.
Like all allergies, hay fever stems from a glitch in the immune system.
Instead of attacking harmful foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses,
it tries to neutralize...
Eye allergies may also be triggered by certain medications or by wearing contact lenses.
Types of Allergy Eyedrops
If you have symptoms of eye allergies, ask your health care provider if eyedrops are right for you. Your doctor may first suggest you take these steps:
use artificial tears
place a cold cloth on the eyes
avoid your allergy triggers
Which type of allergy eyedrop you use depends on:
the cause of your allergy
your specific symptoms
how much the symptoms affect daily activities
Not all allergy eyedrops treat all allergy symptoms. For example, an eyedrop that relieves red (bloodshot) eyes may not stop the itching.
There are many different types of allergy eyedrops. Some are sold over the counter while others require a prescription from a doctor. Some relieve symptoms quickly. Others provide long-term relief.
The types of allergy eyedrops include:
mast cell stabilizers
Antihistamine Allergy Eyedrops
If you have itchy, watery eyes, antihistamine eyedrops may make you feel better. These medicines block histamine buildup in the body. Histamine is a chemical made by your immune system when you come in contact with an allergy trigger. It causes many of your allergy symptoms.
Antihistamine eyedrops are usually recommended as the first treatment for eye allergies after you have tried non-drug methods at home.
Antihistamine eyedrops can quickly relieve eye allergy symptoms. But relief may only last for a few hours. You may need to use the drops several times a day.
Prescription antihistamine eyedrops include:
Emadine (emedastine difumarate)
Optivar (azelastine hydrochloride)
Anti-inflammatory Allergy Eyedrops
Anti-inflammatory eyedrops fall into two groups:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAID eyedrops affect certain nerve endings. They change the way your body makes you feel itchy.