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New Medications Offer Faster Relief for Eye Allergies

New Medications Offer Faster Relief for Eye Allergies continued...

"It's also the most comfortable drug of its kind because it doesn't sting," he says.

Before prescribing any medications, doctors must confirm that the conjunctivitis is due to an allergy rather than being the symptom of another problem, such as an infection. The doctor may first try prescription-strength antihistamines. If these fail to quell the inflammation and itching, the next step could be one of these new drugs.

Before calling the doctor, though, there are some other things allergy sufferers can try, Berdy advises.

"Begin by using over-the-counter tear substitutes and cold compresses," he says, "and some people will benefit from over-the-counter antihistamines used in conjunction with the artificial tears."

Vital Information:


  • New drugs are available for allergic conjunctivitis that are faster acting and easier to use, but further studies are needed to prove whether they are more effective than older drugs.
  • The new drugs, along with older antihistamines and mast-cell stabilizers, are alternatives to steroids, which are highly effective but have serious side effects.
  • If symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis -- redness, swelling, tearing, and itching -- are mild to moderate, try applying cold compresses to the eyes and using over-the-counter medications (oral antihistamines, artificial tears) before calling the doctor.

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